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Electric blanket safety: What you need to know
Here's what you need to know about fire safety when it comes to electric blankets.By Trust and Safety 9 October 2023
Heated blankets can be a great way to keep warm at night during those cold winter months. As with any electrical appliance, they can pose a fire hazard if used incorrectly.
Why is this important?
Any electrical appliance can cause fires if it's faulty or used incorrectly. House fires can easily spread and engulf your home in minutes, putting you and your whānau at risk of injury of death.
Electric blanket fires are rare in Aotearoa, but it's important to do everything you can to keep yourself safe.
When using an electric blanket, Fire and Emergency NZ has some advice:
If you can, consider buying brand-new when it comes to electric blankets.
When buying a second-hand electric blanket:
- Look for modern electric blankets that have been tested in the past year. If you're not sure, ask the seller.
- If the seller can't prove it's been tested recently, get it tested yourself before using it.
Selling electric blankets
If you're selling an electric blanket on Trade Me, it needs to be safe. This includes both new and second hand units.
Before selling a secondhand electric blanket:
- Have it tested by an electrician to ensure that it meets safety standards.
- If you have any doubts about the safety of a blanket, it’s best to not sell the item, and dispose of it.
If you're selling a lot of electrical goods, please check out our guide which explains the law and our expectations.