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Take care Dublin Fire Brigade issue warning after electric blanket fire leaves person in hospital

'If you use an electric blanket please check it for damage, kinks and excessive wear'


The destroyed room

The destroyed room

The destroyed room

Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) have issued a warning after a fire, believed to have originated from an electric blanket has left one person in hospital.

Taking to social media, DFB shared a picture of a room destroyed by the blaze.

“Firefighters fought a fire overnight that is believed to have originated in an electric blanket,” they wrote.

“If you use an electric blanket please check it for damage, kinks and excessive wear. Replace them after 10 years.”

“One to hospital for observation following smoke inhalation.”

With a cold snap expected, many will be using electric blankets for warmth at bed time, however it is important to ensure it is safe to use.

Met Éireann have said that snow is expected across northern and western counties on Friday night as temperatures are to drop drastically from highs of seven to nine degrees during the day to 0 to four degrees after dark.

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage have previously issued safety advice for using electric blankets asking that users make sure their blanket has an EN label and an overheat protector to prevent the blanket from overheating.

They also recommend that you regularly check the blanket for wear and tear particularly the electric leads and plug, never use a blanket that has damage or scorch marks on it and always keep the blankets dry and when storing for the summer roll them up to prevent creasing.

The department has also advised never to use hot water bottles and electric blankets together. They also recommend that you adhere strictly to the manufacturer's instructions.

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Further advice issued reminds electric blanket users to make sure that all electric leads hang freely over the side of the bed, unplug the blanket before getting into bed unless it is designed for all night use, and to ensure electric under blankets or over blankets are only used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

If in doubt about the condition of your electric blanket, The Department of Housing recommends that you have it checked or replaced.

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