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are electric blankets a complete no no?

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Yorkiegirl Wed 10-Sep-08 22:35:07

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donnie Wed 10-Sep-08 22:37:11

I love mine...there is nothing as nice as getting into a lovely warmed bed in the winter. Just make sure it is switched off before you go to sleep!

GrimmaTheNome Wed 10-Sep-08 22:42:15

DH wants one - we are running the heating lower in winter (and obv. not on till at least next month!) I haven't seen any figures but if it means you can heat the house (and esp. the bedrooms) less then my bet is they are a good idea. We had them when I was growing up - old house with no central heating, before we had the blankets hot water bottles were essential in winter.

expatinscotland Wed 10-Sep-08 22:43:23

i always worry about the fire risk with these.

Rowlers Wed 10-Sep-08 22:46:57

I prefer hot water bottle.
You have to ( well I do) turn off electric blanket. Hot water bottle keeps you cosy all night.

Yorkiegirl Wed 10-Sep-08 22:47:10

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MmeLindt Wed 10-Sep-08 22:47:21

How old are your DDs? I had an electric blanket when I was young and Mum used to unplug it at night. I would wait until she went to bed then put it back on again.

I would not get one for the DCs for that reason. I would rather go for a wool mattress protector (had one of those when I lived in Aviemore)

Drusilla Wed 10-Sep-08 23:05:45

I had one when I lived on my own in a flat with no central heating (nice) and it was great. I actually found I got too hot if I left it on after I had got into bed, so only used it for pre-heating. I would be irrationally worried about fire and so on if I gave one to DS though.

Drusilla Wed 10-Sep-08 23:07:42

It's them plugging it back in, after I had unplugged it, that I would worry about.

shinyshoes Wed 10-Sep-08 23:14:02

DS ants one. I had one as a child, best thing eva.

Where would one buy such a thing

seb1 Wed 10-Sep-08 23:16:08

What About John Lewis

Lauriefairycake Wed 10-Sep-08 23:17:29

Lakeland have ones which have 8 heat settings and on the double and king size you can choose to heat only one side (so ideal if dh doesn't want heated)

But the best thing I am swooning over - Lakeland have a heated throw for curling up on the sofa with. I want one grin

They are all much safer now.

shinyshoes Wed 10-Sep-08 23:19:04

Lauriefairycake, I'm intrigued and DP would be soooooooo jealous.

Do you have a link?

struwellpeter Wed 10-Sep-08 23:21:14

Love my electric blanket and have one of those which has two sides as dh is a hot body. He only uses his side if he's ill!

Drusilla Wed 10-Sep-08 23:24:11

You can get them in argos etc

Lauriefairycake Wed 10-Sep-08 23:40:59

fleecy blanket

Lauriefairycake Wed 10-Sep-08 23:41:55

heated throw for the couch

Lauriefairycake Wed 10-Sep-08 23:43:31

heated dual control blanket

Scrooged Wed 10-Sep-08 23:49:05

I have an electric underblanket. It's Luuvverly! grin I havn't used it for a while and need to get it checked. Somewhere???

MrsJohnCusack Wed 10-Sep-08 23:51:24

we don't have central heating and sleep in a freezing cold sunroom with lots of windows (and gaps) and no insulation/double glazing

it is a bit like sleeping in a shed TBH

was originally considering a leccy blanket when we moved in there but we don't actually have any power points in the room either!

we have 2 duvets and one of those fleecy acrylicy blankets and it is TOASTY. I wouldn't bother with an electric blanket now, it really is lovely as it is

Scrooged Wed 10-Sep-08 23:53:07

Bloody hell! Warmfront offer advice and money for heating etc if you are on a low income. You shouldn't have to live like this.

MrsJohnCusack Thu 11-Sep-08 07:30:47

if you're talking to me Scrooged, don't worry! am in NZ where this is perfectly standard for old houses (they are tough over here). There is no piped gas supply so central heating a no-no,we have heatpump/storage heaters etc. elsewhere in the house but not in our room. We could double glaze it but they are v.pretty leadlight windows and it would cost a fortune to get appropriate glazing made. We have a decent income, and have borrowed some money to get the insulation/roof done but just haven't got around to it...(cna get interest free loan for the insulation too,l am just terminally disorganised)

actually am getting very used to no central heating, is quite pleasant. Went to a house with gas central heating (bottled - complete hassle) and I was way too warm.

FourArms Thu 11-Sep-08 07:38:16

I have a lovely electric blanket. It warms your feet more than the rest, which is fab. Also double sided. Not used since before I got pg with DS1 though as have been pg / co-sleeping since then. Might start using it to warm the bed again though this winter (DH away) as only have DS1 in with me now and he's 4.

FourArms Thu 11-Sep-08 07:39:27

From the Age Concern website

Each year, hundreds of house fires are accidentally caused by a faulty electric blanket.

To help reduce this number, we have joined up with E.ON, the company that runs Powergen, to offer free safety tests for electric blankets during October and November 2006.

Each household can bring up to 3 blankets to be tested. If our authorised assessors consider your blanket to be dangerous, you will instantly receive a free replacement blanket*.

Although electric blankets are made to strict safety standards, any blanket which is used or stored incorrectly or is more than ten years old may be a fire risk.

There are electric blanket testing sessions at 36 locations in England, Scotland and Wales this October and November.

CostaRicanCod Thu 11-Sep-08 07:53:14

Giod electirc blankets are a flashback to the 70s arent they

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