What are the dangers of electric mattress pads?
Electric mattress pads are a warming convenience, but they have a few underlying hazards. If not properly maintained and operated, a heated mattress pad can become a serious danger.Pacemaker FalsehoodsPeople with pacemakers can sleep in beds with electric pads or blankets without any risk to their health, according to the American Heart Association.DiabeticsThe American Diabetes Association warns against using electric blankets to warm feet because diabetics may lack the sensitivity in their extremities to feel when the temperature is too hot and could actually burn them.Other Health ConcernsDoctors usually advise pregnant women and people with loss of feeling in extremities to avoid heated bedding.Old vs. NewOlder, first-generation electric mattress pads were not made as well as their newer counterparts and may not contain as good of fire resistant materials. Older pads are also more prone to electrical problems because of normal wear and tear. Replace any pads over 10 years old.Fire
Avoiding a few uses of electric mattress pads can prevent burns or even death. Most dangers are related to specific age groups and the user’s health conditions, as well as to pets. 1. Disability * Do not use an electric mattress pad with someone who cannot use his arms or hands. Any user must be able to turn the heat down or off. Poor Memory * Use of electric mattress pads is not recommended with a person whose memory is poor enough that she would not think to turn it off or might forget how to. This is a danger for the elderly especially. Babies * Never use an electric mattress pad under a baby. Not only can the baby not adjust the heat or say it’s too hot, moisture from the baby could cause electrocution. Pets *Do not put an electric heating pad in your pet’s sleeping area. Again, your pet cannot control the temperature, and moisture from your pet could cause electrocution. Incontinence *Anyone who accidentally releases moisture onto a bed while sleeping is in danger of electrocution