Using heated mattress pads

Using heated mattress pads

Are you considering using heated mattress pads to keep yourself warm this winter? Here's what you need to know about them.

Bed with electric heating pad
Bed with electric heating pad/ iStock

South Africans are dealing with cold weather conditions.  With winter in full swing, many people are looking for ways to keep warm. 

During the night, temperatures can drop, resulting in the need for alternative methods to keep warm. 

Heated mattress pads are one popular method for warming. They go underneath your sheets and above the mattress. They come with several heat settings so you can find your ideal temperature. 

However, improper use of heated mattress pads can cause health hazards, so it is important to follow the instructions that come with the pads. 

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- Set the mattress to the right temperature. If you set it too high, it can become dangerous. 

- Adjust the temperature before going into deep sleep. 

- Heated mattress pads are not to be used by children unless supervised by adults. 

-"If the heating pad is too hot, or if you fall asleep and can’t adjust the temperature, prolonged exposure to high temperatures can lead to burns, blisters, and even damage to underlying tissues," states the ASH US blog. 

- The publication adds that ' if the heating pad has frayed or damaged wires, it can pose a risk of electric shock or even fire.' 

READ: Tips for going on vacation in winter

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