Electric blankets... anyone use them?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Chirpy, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Ok, so I love my electric blanket because I hate to get into a cold bed in the winter time. I am one of those who thinks they 'could' be bad to use them when in bed so I always turn mine off when I get into bed.. but, that's not the purpose of this thread (although I'm always open to hear other's opinions on the health issues of said electric blankets).

    Now, on to my actual question:

    None of the electric blankets I've ever had has worked well past two years. They usually quit working well by a year and a half into having them. When I get a new one it heats up wonderfully within 15 minutes. Within a year and a half it takes 2 hours to get it to vaguely warm up the bed. Anyone else have this problem or know why it might be happening?

  2. EllyMae

    EllyMae Songster

    I did....UNTIL the night I woke from dozing to this popping and cracking sound and saw sparks and smoke coming from the blanket...and I might add it was smoking and sparking right on my chest...YIKES!! Talk about stop drop and ROLL!
  3. herbsherbsflowers

    herbsherbsflowers Songster

    May 25, 2008
    Covington, GA
    We have had similar problems and this year after buying yet another one, we really sat down and thought about how we use and abuse them and have decided that mostly it may be because we sit on the made up bed a lot to watch tv and hang out. Also the dog jumps around on the bed all the time. I think all the movement and compression of the blanket probably breaks connections and shorts out certain part of the blanket. So we have decided to try not to sit on the bed so much and are watching tv in the living room more. We'll see if it makes any difference. The dog still jumps around on the bed and lays on it to sleep.
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA

  5. EllyMae

    EllyMae Songster

    Got that right...course you can imagine the wisecracks from coworkers when I tried to get sympathy from them! Danged ole Nurse Cratchets, they are.
  6. adoptedbyachicken

    adoptedbyachicken Crowing Premium Member

    I use an electric bed warmer and I too turn it off when I get into bed. I find they last a bit longer, I guess they don't get the same twisting or pulling a blanket gets.

    If your not familiar with them they are like an electric blanket only a mattress cover instead. So the heat is from below you, it warms the mattress and the blankets up in about half an hour. Then after it's off the heat just radiates from the mattress. I just need to remember to go in and turn it on. Some people leave them on all night but I get way too hot that way, and like you I'm not sure that is safe. If I'm really cold I might leave it on for a few minutes after I get into bed.

    I put my pillows under the covers when I turn it on and then when I get into bed I have a warm pillow too!
  7. adoptedbyachicken

    adoptedbyachicken Crowing Premium Member

    Quote:Pets and electric blankets are a no-no. Cats are worse than dogs apparently, but I have seen quite a few warnings on this.

  8. EllyMae

    EllyMae Songster

    Quote:Now that sounds like a neat idea...I might have to look those up.
  9. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member 11 Years

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    I love my electric mattress pad. I usually turn it on about 30 minutes before I go to bed and turn it off as I am drifting off to sleep.
    I have been sick this week and while i had the chills I left it on. I am sure it saved my life. [​IMG]

  10. piecemaker

    piecemaker Songster

    Feb 12, 2008
    Centerville Texas
    We use our electric blanket on the mattress like a pad instead of on top of the sheets. DH and I both have back trouble, sleeping on the heat seems to help ( like a giant heating pad). And yes we leave ours on all night. It's an old one and works great. On cold nights the dogs have learned to sleep under the covers instead of under the bed. I [​IMG] my blanket

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