A study conducted by Yale University found that using an electric blanket during pregnancy could result in an increased risk for miscarriage. In addition, keeping the blanket on too long or at too high of a heat can increase risks of overheating. Overheating is particularly dangerous for pregnant woman because it can dangerous to the fetus. There are also reports of individuals dying due to overheating caused by the electric blanket.
Some studies have also reported a link between child leukemia and the low-level electromagnetic field that the electric blanket emits. That field may also be associated with other types of cancers as well. Pregnant women should play it safe, and use the blanket to heat the bed, but then remove or turn off the electric blanket before getting under the covers.
For more information about the risks associated with electric blankets and electric blanket fires, contact the McLaughlin Law Firm at 720-420-9800.