By The Lad January 22, 2018 09:20:13If you are a parent of a child who is not currently on a National Grid power grid, you may want to consider whether it is in the best interests of your child and their safety.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has published a new report that warns about electric blankets that are placed in homes to reduce the risk of electrocution.
The report also recommends that parents monitor their children’s electricity use and that they monitor the frequency of their electric blankets and other electrical equipment, particularly those placed in windows.
“Electric blankets, if used properly, can be very helpful in reducing the risk that a child will be electrocuted,” said Dr. James Hargreaves, lead author of the report.
“However, the safety and effectiveness of these blankets depends on the frequency and type of electric current used, the type of electricity used and whether it occurs in an area where the electric blanket is used.”
According to the report, electric blankets should be placed at the lowest possible distance from the children, close enough that the blanket will not be accidentally knocked off a window or hit the ground.
The study found that electric blankets were most effective at reducing electrocutions that occurred when the children were close to the source of electricity, and also when the blankets were placed in window areas.
“The report is not an endorsement of placing electric blankets in window-shaded areas, as this has not been shown to reduce electrocuting,” said the AAP in a press release.
“It is an educational document and is intended to help parents and others make informed decisions regarding placing electric blanket on windows.”
Electrocutions can occur when an electric current passes through an object, such as a wall or ceiling, and can result in a person being electrocrated.
The American Academy found that there was an 85% chance that a person would be electrophysically shocked and die from an electric blanket.
The National Grid says electric blankets can reduce the chance of an electrocute by up to 95%.
However, it said that if there is no current on the electric grid, it is possible that the blankets can inadvertently block or disrupt the flow of electricity in a home.
“While many of the potential risks of electrospray or electroslaughter have been addressed, there is still a significant risk for electric blankets to cause electrocutism in persons who are close to a source of electric power,” said an American Electric Power spokesperson in a statement.
“While there is currently no evidence that the use of electric blankets is associated with an increased risk of death, it would be prudent for parents to monitor their child’s electrical use and to follow any precautions they may need to take to protect their child from electrocity.”
The AAP said the report does not address the issue of the effectiveness of electric blanket in reducing electrosafety.
“There is currently a lack of reliable data about the efficacy of electric curtains in reducing a person’s risk of being electrophically shocked,” the AAP said.
“It is important for parents and other persons involved in the home to be informed about the safety of all electrical devices in the homes.
Electrocution is a serious threat to the health and safety of persons and property, and a blanket can be an effective way to reduce a child’s risk.”
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