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Staying Safe While Staying Warm This Winter


Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Feb 10, 2014 in Product Injury

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The frigid temperatures and unpredictable weather systems that have been hitting the region this winter have been making it harder and harder to keep warm. There are many ways people try to keep warm, electric blankets being a popular one.

However, electric blankets can come with some unexpected consequences. Electric blankets have the potential to cause injury, at the very least, if something goes wrong. Possibilities include burns, fires, and even deaths.

Electric blanket burns can be caused by:

  • faulty or missing thermostats or automatic shut-off switches
  • fires started by overheating or broken electronic components

Electric Blanket fires can be caused by:

  • Overheating to the point of igniting the blanket
  • Arcing broken electronic components
  • Overheating to the point of igniting other flammable materials

Ways to make sure that you don’t fall victim to faulty heated blankets include making sure that there are no exposed wires or broken electrical components, only use high-quality heated blankets that come with automatic shut-offs or thermostats that will keep the blanket from getting too hot, and make sure that you keep flammable materials away from your electric blanket. If you, or a loved one, are injured by a fire or burn caused by an electric blanket, you may be eligible for compensation. The best way to know if you have a case is to contact an experienced personal injury attorney.