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Thread: Dangers of electic blankets and quilts

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    Super Member Farm Quilter's Avatar
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    Just a word of caution about electric blankets and quilts, especially those using poly batting: they don't play well together. This quilt was on top of an electric blanket that had been left on. A 3-year-old was sitting on the bed, playing. The poly batting melted from the heat from where he was sitting, and got hot enough to have the cotton material catch on fire. The little boy was not hurt, but the electric blanket is toast and the quilt is in for repairs.

    Electric blankets are supposed to be used alone (I never knew this) and of course, should be turned off when not in use. I'll stick to loads of quilts on the bed!

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    Wow! Thanks for sharing this. Thank goodness no one was hurt.

    Those pictures are a real eye-opener!

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    All I can say is... OMG!!!!!!!!!

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    this is why I don't use electric blankets. Always afraid they will catch fire. Pile on the quilts for me too!

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    Thank God the little boy is ok. I had no idea I will think twice about my heating pad I use it all the time. Thank you for the heads up!

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    Thats scary. Thanks for sharing that. I've always been afraid of elelctric blankets. I guess thats one more reason why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    this is why I don't use electric blankets. Always afraid they will catch fire. Pile on the quilts for me too!
    ME 3

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    Bummer!! Glad he wasn't hurt!!!

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    My bedroom was up stairs in the converted attic little to no heat, For a short while I had an electric blanket, It caught fire and half of it was charred in the morning, Thank heavens I was not under that half and didn't get burnt. They scare the H$** out of me!!

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    UUHHH-Ohhhhhh

    :shock: :shock: :shock:

    I'm could have been in trouble. :oops: :oops: :oops:

    Thanks for the warning!

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    I never did like electric blankets, now I have even more of a reason not to like them. Thank goodness the child was not hurt.

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    Yikes. Electric blankets have always scared me. I would rather sleep under two or three quilts.

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    Thank goodness the little boy wasn't hurt!!! Quilts can be repaired or replaced, but children can't! I don't own an electric blanket, got rid of them years ago, but now I live in FL. so don't need it anyway. A quilt in the winter is all I need!!! Thanks for the warning!!

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    I lost a great aunt & uncle to an electric blanket fire. I've not used one since. They are scary.

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    Thank the Good LORD he is ok.....

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    I have heard that the poly would ignite, but didn't know it would do it this way. I guess my decision not to use poly batting in my quilts was a good one.....

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    Electric blankets are a total nightmare and I have no idea why they are still being made. We have a woollen underblanket with quite a thick pile...it can be used winter and summer, and is washable, a much healthier option.

    Glad the small person was ok...a timely reminder for all still using these blankets.

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    Wow, scary! I really do appreciate the warning. I will stick to piles of quilts, too! Thanks.

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    Heating pads in the bed is just as bad. Heating pads are suppose to be used on top of the body not underneath. No weight on them at all. The newer electric blankets just warm, they don't get hot and they have fail safe features. The one I have shuts off if any weight is detected on the blanket. If my cat lays on the blanket it will turn off. It was special ordered and the company was bought out and the blanket is no longer being made. I wish I had bought a spare. If you like an electric blanket get the best one or don't use one at all.

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    When I lived in Michigan I used an electric blanket but just to get the bed warm. Once the bed was warm, I shut off the blanket. I could keep the bed warm but not warm it up. I hated getting into a cold bed. By using it just long enough to warm up, I could use other blankets/quilts on top of it without worrying about fire.

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    I am so happy to hear that he wasn't hurt!!
    Thank you for the warning.

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    Thanks so much for sharing this. I didn't know that you weren't supposed to use them alone.

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    Wow, how scarry!

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    Thank you for the warning! Tell your daughters thank you for their service to us and to our country.

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    So glad the little boy is okay. I never used an electric blanket because I was afraid of them. Didn't know you couldn't use other blankets in combination with an electric blanket. This Quilting Forum is wonderful...we all learn so much.

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