How safe is an electric blanket?
When it comes electric blankets, your safety is our top priority. All Slumberdown electric blankets are thoroughly tested for all known safety situations and conform to the highest European safety standards.
Our built-in total safety protection system, will automatically shut off if the blanket becomes unsafe, All our under blankets are marked CE and BEAB.
The CE marking shows that the manufacturer has checked that these products meet EU safety, health or environmental requirements.
BEAB Approved Mark provides reassurance to consumers that a product has achieved the highest levels of safety. The Mark indicates that the product has been manufactured in an inspected factory, using accepted methods and that the product has been tested and assessed.
When looking to buy an electric blanket it is important to buy from a reputable retailer and to check that it has these marks. Don’t buy second-hand blankets as they may no longer meet safety standards.
Which is the best electric blanket for me?
Choose Winter Warm if you’re looking for a nice simple heated under blanket that will heat up in minutes for a lovely warm welcome on cold winter nights. They're super easy to fit, with corner ties that hold the blanket firmly on the bed. The controller can be unclipped so the blanket can be machine washed. The easy to use controller puts 3 heat settings at the tip of your fingers. Plus, they're a whole lot more energy efficient than heating the whole house. They've been approved by BEAB so they're safe, reliable and guaranteed for 12 months.
If you’re looking for a step up in comfort our Oh So Cosy Heated Under blanket has an irresistibly deep quilted comfort layer for indulgent full body warmth. Firm hold elasticated mattress straps fit right over the end of the mattress, holding the blanket firmly in place. In fact it’s so well fitted and comfy, you’ll probably just want to keep it on all year round. The whole blanket is machine washable, but if you’d rather just wash the comfort layer, it can be easily zipped off, washed, tumbled, and zipped back on again. If you go for the king or super king size, you’ll get your own control on your side of the bed for individual heating. So you and your partner can be as warm or as cool as you want to be all night long. It’s BEAB approved, so it’s safe, reliable, with a low consumption rate and guaranteed for 12 months.
For the ultimate indulgence and complete control consider our Wonderfully Warm luxury heated under blanket. The deep filled, super soft, quilted fleece comfort layer is generously filled with premium fibres for an indulgently comfortable yet supportive sleeping surface. The responsive digital control, which controls each side of the bed independently of the other, can be set to 9 temperature settings gradually increasing in warmth. You can also set the timer so the blanket turns itself off whist you sleep. And if it’s your feet that feel the cold the most, you can choose the foot warmth setting which keeps just your toes, nice and warm. Elasticated straps hold the blanket firmly in place on the mattress, so if you’d rather not wash the whole thing, the deep filled comfort layer is can be zipped off for machine washing and tumble drying. It warms up in less than 5 minutes, has a low consumption rate, meets all safety standards including BEAB and is guaranteed for 2 years. This really is the one to choose if you’re looking for the ultimate in indulgent warmth and complete control.
Can I recycle my electric blanket?
Recycling your old electric blanket is easy, you just need to take it to your local recycling centre. To find your nearest centre, visit the Recycle More.
What is the difference between an under blanket and mattress cover/protector?
An under blanket lies flat on the bed and secures in place with tie tapes. A Mattress Cover/Protector has an elasticated skirt around the edge and covers the entire mattress for full protection.
Are electric blankets safe to put in the washing machine/tumble dryer?
All our electric blankets come with a detachable control enabling them to be washed and tumble dried. You just need to unclip the cord and place the blanket in the washing machine, details of how to do this are in the instructions manual. Please refer to the care label for the maximum temperature that they can be washed at.
Are Slumberdown electric blankets suitable for all night use?
All Slumberdown blankets are safe for all night use on low setting (1)
What does dual control mean?
It gives you individual controls on either side of the bed, so you can heat up one side of the bed independently from the other, so if you sleep with a partner, you can individually set the temperature on your side of the bed.
Which side of the blanket is the control on?
If you are lying on your back, it would be on your right side. If you have dual controls there is one for each side.
Are electric blankets expensive to use?
Our blankets are extremely low to run, so it’s worth investing in an electric blanket and turning your central heating off.
How does the timer control work?
Slumberdown Wonderfully Warm electric blankets (1h / 5h / 8h / 12h) come with an auto shut off timer option operated via the control. See instruction book for details of how to operate.
Do the blankets have isolated foot warmth?
Slumberdown Wonderfully Warm electric blankets do have a foot-only warmth setting. So, if it’s your feet that feel the cold the most, you can choose the foot warmth setting which keeps just your toes, nice and warm.
Can I use an under blanket with my memory foam mattress?
Our Electric blankets are safe to use with a memory foam mattress. Although there are no known safety issues with using an electric blanket and a memory foam mattress, we often advise against it. This is because the blanket will act as a barrier between your body and the memory foam, preventing the memory foam moulding to your body and making it much less comfortable. Over time, the heat from the blanket also has the potential to damage the memory foam. Some manufacturers say it's fine to use the two together. But there must always be a sheet or cover between the foam and the blanket, and the blanket must not be left on all night.
Can I use an under blanket with my mattress topper or mattress protector?
We would not recommend using an electric blanket with any of the above items as we cannot predict the reaction / interaction between the products.
I have a Pacemaker fitted, is it safe for me to use an electric blanket?
We advise that you check with your doctor or cardiologist and pacemaker supplier first before purchasing an electric blanket.
My heated blanket is faulty – what do I do?
If a fault develops within 28 days of purchase, please accept our apologies and return it to the place of purchase for a replacement. Don't forget to take your receipt along with you as proof of purchase.
If a fault develops after 28 days but within the guarantee period, please call our customer service helpline on +44 (0) 1924 483 240.
My heated blanket is faulty but I have not got the receipt.
Unfortunately, we are unable to assist unless we have proof of purchase.
How long is cable on the control?
The under blanket control cable is 1.5m - 2m, depending on the model.
What depth of mattress will my electric blanket fit?
The electric blankets will fit mattresses up to 30cm deep (+/- 5% tolerance).
Can I use my electric blanket in a cot?
Electric blankets are not recommended for children under 8 years old.
How do electric blankets actually work?
Electric blankets contain thin electrical wires. When you plug the blanket into your mains electricity supply, the electrical wires heat up.
Would I just be better off with a hot water bottle?
They're not really comparable. A hot water bottle offers localised heat, whereas an electric blanket should warm you all over. A hot water bottle will cool down over time, but an electric blanket should stay warm until it's due to switch off.
Can I use an electrical blanket for my dog?
No, you shouldn't give your electric blanket to your dog.
Electric blanket safety
To help you stay safe and warm in winter and to help reduce the number of unsafe electric blankets being used in homes, we recommend that you follow these simple steps when purchasing, using, storing and disposing of your electric blanket.
Using your electric blanket
- Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions before use
- Examine your blanket regularly for signs of wear or damage
- Use the blanket only for the purpose the manufacturer intended, under-blankets must only be positioned under the occupant of the bed
- Check the manufacturer's instructions for suitability to wash your blanket
- Carry out a visual check of the blanket to make sure the blanket is intact with no visible signs of damage caused in transport when first purchased
- If the fuse in the 3 amp plug requires changing; a 3 amp BS 1362 fuse must be fitted
- Use the blanket whilst it is still folded, rucked or creased
- Use a hot water bottle at the same time as using your electric blanket
- Touch the blanket with wet hands or feet
- Insert or use pins to hold the blanket in place on the bed
- Use the under-blankets on adjustable beds, or if used on an adjustable bed, check that the blanket and cord do not become trapped or rucked, for example in hinges
- Use an electric blanket on the bed of a helpless person, an infant or a person who may have a condition that makes them insensitive to heat
- Allow the appliance to be used by young children unless the controls have been pre-set by a parent/carer or that you are satisfied that the child is able to use the appliance safely
- Allow people with pacemakers fitted to use heated bedding for all night use
Routine visual checks
Before putting your electric blanket on the bed to use over the winter months, take a few minutes to check that the blanket is safe for continued use.
Your blanket should be replaced with a new one if:
- Fabric is worn or frayed
- Scorch marks or discoloration areas are visible on the fabric
- Wires are visible or poking through the fabric
- There is damage to the flexible cord between the supply plug and the control and/or the control to the blanket
- The control is making a buzzing sound when switched on and/or is giving off a smell
- The connector fitted to the blanket is damaged or over-heating
Storing your electric blanket
When your blanket is not in use, it should be stored as the manufacturer recommends and moth proofing chemicals should not be used on it, or heavy items placed on top of it.
It can even be left on the bed all year round, or loosely folded and stored in a cool dry place.