One minute you’re sleeping peacefully, and the next minute your bed is on fire. What do you do? You quickly pull the mattress pad off and find out it is too late, as the blaze has spread to the wood frame of your bed. If this happens to you, don’t fret. The chances are that you will save your home from a hellish inferno and property loss. But there is a good chance that it will destroy all your personal belongings. The article details how dangerously heated mattress pads can be if they accidentally catch something on fire.
Know That Nothing Is 100% Safe
The information in this article should not scare you, but it is good to know. Heated mattress pads are safe if you do not sleep with them on top of your sheets or blankets. Yet, even these rubber and plastic pads can catch fire if used in the wrong conditions. If this happens to you, make sure that you remove the device from your bed and contact emergency personnel when necessary. Things will be okay in the end, but it is always better to be safe when using any product indoors or outdoors!
It’s not uncommon for people to use heated mattress pads overnight. Some may argue that they cannot sleep without one because the air inside their bed is too cold. But this is rarely the case. For example, you can often keep your bed at a room temperature of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Suppose you must use heated mattress pads to keep you warm. Then make sure that you do not sleep with them on top of your sheets or blankets. When these bedding materials are involved, it is more likely that your mattress pad will catch fire—causing a large fire that requires outside help and equipment to put out.
When using any heating or fire protection device, it’s essential to take precautions and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Unfortunately, not all heated mattress pads are created equal. Suppose you want yours to be safe and keep you warm during the night. Then it would help if you used a quality pad made from 100% polyester or cotton, which has been treated with fire-retardant chemicals. It can cause fire and burns, and even fatalities if you use a cheaper and inferior product on your bed.
How to Avoid Fire Risks
The best way to avoid a fire caused by using a heated mattress pad is to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and precautions. Suppose your pad makes strange noises or catches fire. Then stop using it and contact emergency personnel immediately! Most fire departments can put out mattress fires. But there is always a risk that human or property damage may occur. It’s also possible that your children may feel sick by smoke inhalation if they are sleeping next to you. That is why it is essential to keep the device at least one foot away from any flammable bedding materials.
If you accidentally set your pad on fire, make sure that you immediately remove it from the bed and contact the fire department. If possible, let them know that it was not connected to an electrical source or plugged into the wall, even though most heated mattress pads classify as fire safety devices. It can be risky if they catch objects on fire. Yet, this is less common than letting your mattress pad burn down to ashes.
Precautions for Using Heating Mattress Pads
- Never place a heating pad on top of your sheets or blankets. You should have a protective layer between your bedding and the pad so that the heat is not altered in any way. If you sleep without a protective layer. Then you run a high risk of starting a serious fire if the pad malfunctions or if something pokes through your sheets and touches it directly.
- Do not sleep with heated mattress pads underneath you or next to you while inside the bed. If this happens, then there is still an increased chance of starting a fire.
- If you decide that you don’t need heated mattress pads, remember that there is no way to re-activate them or completely protect them from fire after they cooled down.
- Do not put anything under your sheets or blankets if they are used with heater pads underneath them. If your blanket is placed directly under the pad, the heat will travel upwards and land on things like people, pets, furniture, etc., through the mattress pad. A nice side effect of using heated mattress pads is that they can warm the room where you sleep and prevent you from getting cold at night. Yet, if you misuse them, then you run the risk of having a fire at any given moment.
- Make sure that you remove your bedding before any heater pad cools down entirely or if you plan on re-using it. That will prevent it from creating a fire hazard when jumping back into use. One of the most significant fires that heated mattress pads have caused is linked to the improper disposal of used pads after they’ve cooled down or when they are re-activated.
- Do not buy non-fireproofed products, even if they seem cheap, and offer huge discounts at the local stores. It will only save you money in the short term because replacing everything that got burned up in a fire is more expensive.
- Lastly, do not use your heated mattress pad if the pad surface is wet. It will cause a severe fire hazard and make an enormous mess for you to clean up later.
- Never leave a heating mattress pad unattended while plugged in or heated up! You should make sure that no one can reach it and accidentally poke holes through your covers or start playing with the device while still active. Even if someone does this accidentally, there is no telling how it can react after being exposed to something that has been shoved into its holes or crevices.
Heated mattress pads are handy if you want to keep your bed comfortably warm at night or if you want to make sure that your guests are sleeping inside a warm environment. But, there is always a risk of fire when using these types of products. Just make sure that you follow safety precautions and do not sleep with the heating pad underneath you. It only takes one short circuit or malfunction for your bed to go up in flames! Fire safety is essential at all times, but it is imperative when using heating pads in bed.