Why Every Caravan Needs an Electric Blanket

electric blanket for campingGoing away in a caravan is one of the UK’s best loved hobbies and campers come out in the masses at all times of the year to delight in the beauty of the great British countryside.

Back in the day, caravanning was a chilly ordeal, particularly in the winter months, but with more insulation and more heating options available, you no longer have to suffer the cold – unless you really want to rough it!

These days, caravanning doesn’t have to be only for those who dare to brave the elements as lovers of home comforts can now come in from a long day of exploring the sticks to a lovely pre-warmed bed.

With more and more places banning campfires, other means of keeping warm whilst off the grid have really had to up their game and now it couldn’t be easier to get toasty in your caravan which is why electric blankets are absolute must have items for any caravanner.

Making use of a good quality electric blanket while you’re caravanning will allow you to stay cozy even in the harshest of climates and can help you to keep warm when you want to freshen up the air in your caravan by opening the windows.

With an electric blanket, you can spend time in your caravan through the autumn and winter seasons without having to worry so much about the temperature and, if you get caught in some bad weather and can’t make it home, you can feel safe in the knowledge that you will be able to stay warm.

Here at Sleepy People, we have a range of electric blankets which are perfect for use in caravans as they have three heat settings so that you can control the temperature to meet your desires and a fleece covering for extra comfort.

A major benefit of electric blankets, as opposed to conventional heaters, is that they don’t take up a lot of room in an already short of space caravan. You can store them under your mattress when you’re not using them or you can roll them and store them that way. However, try to avoid folding your electric blanket as this can lead to potentially dangerous damage.

Although electric blankets are a lot safer than their reputation may lead you to believe, they’re not without their risks: heated blankets are said to be accountable for 5,000 fires in the UK every year, so it’s essential that you read the instructions thoroughly and carry out certain safety precautions.

Checking your electric blanket for any faults or damage is a simple enough task and should be done frequently. Some of the things you should be looking for are:

● Worn flex
● Loose connections
● Dampness
● Soiling
● Folding
● Creasing
● Fraying
● Burn marks

You should have your electric blanket checked by a qualified electrician at least once every three years and your local council’s trading standards department may host free electric blanket checking days.

A well looked after electric blanket should see you through years of comfortable caravanning (although you should always replace your electric blanket after ten years of use) so that you can have the best of both worlds: off the grid fun and the utmost comfort.

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