Is cheaper to use an electric heating blanket rather than turning on a hearter in your room? Is it safe?

Is cheaper to use an electric heating blanket rather than turning on a hearter in your room? Is it safe?

Is cheaper to use an electric heating blanket rather than turning on a hearter in your room? Is it safe?

I leave the heating blanket on all night. Am I running the bill up real high? its so cold!!

Yes, it’s cheaper. But is it safe?

In the UK, it is estimated that 5,000 fires per year are caused by faulty electric blankets, of which 99% are believed to have been caused by blankets 10 years or older. (wikipedia)

So there is a fire risk…but also, there is some “unknown” risk to sleeping under an electromagnetic field like that.
Personally, I don’t think we know enough about the effects of such exposure to low frequency electromagnetic fields. There is a growing amount of evidence that exposure to more than 2 milligauss in the general environment increases cancer risk, and an electric blanket produces 30 to 90 Milligauss.
(There are currently no national standards for exposure to low- frequency fields. However, epidemiological evidence suggests that when the general level of 60-Hz fields exceeds 2 milligauss, there is an increased cancer risk in both domestic environments (Savitz et al, 1988) and industrial environments (Matanoski et al, 1989; Davis and Milham, 1990; Garland et al, 1990). Typical home environments (not close to appliances or power lines) are in the range of 0.1-0.5 milligauss. )
It’s not recommended that pregnant mothers sleep under electric blankets, because studies have shown increased risk for brain cancer in the child ( children of mothers who slept under electric blankets while pregnant have a 2.5 risk ratio for brain cancer (Savitz et al, 1990).

There is a tremendous amount of resistance to look at this, because of economic issues. Imagine what would happen if it is found that all the electromagnetic exposure we get is causing birth defects, ADHD, autism, etc. So there is a very strong lobby that fights any research in the area.
After reading Dr. Robert Beckers book “The Body Electric”, I’m inclined to avoid too much exposure.

I’d get the comforters, flannel sheets, etc…turn the blanket on before bed, then turn it off while I sleep. That is what is recommended for pregnant moms….and while I’m not a pregnant mom, I’m constructed out of the same kind of stuff.

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