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    We've just bought one for our 6 year old daughter. We use it for 10 minutes to warm the bed before she hops in, then turn it off. We've explained the fire danger to her and trust her not to fiddle with it. It's also on a surge protection power point, etc. We used to use a wheat bag until reading about all the fires caused by those. For our child, in our circumstances, a good quality electric blanket used responsibly is the safest option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whirligig View Post
    We used to use a wheat bag until reading about all the fires caused by those.
    No way! I just googled after I read your post. I had no idea they could combust like that in a bed! Eek Thanks for the warning!

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    I always had an electric blanket on my bed when I was a child, until one night it started smoking. Luckily I had only just hopped into bed and my mum had come in to kiss me good night and we both realised we could smell smoke. Now, that said it was probably over 20 years ago and I am not sure how old the blanket was however after that I don't think I will ever buy an electric blanket, plus we are in Brisbane so not ultra cold here, after a few minutes under the doona it is nice and warm.

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    Never, I left mine on as a kid and went to school and it burnt our house down, completely gutted mine, my parents, my brothers bedroom and the bathroom. Rest of the house was smoke and water damaged, nothing was salvageable.

    Wheat bags are awesome

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sammyp View Post
    Never, I left mine on as a kid and went to school and it burnt our house down, completely gutted mine, my parents, my brothers bedroom and the bathroom. Rest of the house was smoke and water damaged, nothing was salvageable.

    Wheat bags are awesome
    Oh my g. That's terrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whirligig View Post
    We used to use a wheat bag until reading about all the fires caused by those.
    They cause fires?!?!?!

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    you need to put a cup of water in with the bag when heating to keep the wheat moist then it will not catch on fire.

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    Wheat bags are a massive fire and burns risk, total no-no for kids in my mind.

    As some others mentioned I'd use electric blanket for pre-heating the bed but never all night. I don't even use my own overnight. Most have detachable controllers now (so you can wash them) so you could just take the controller away when the kidlets get into bed if you don't think they could resist the temptation to fiddle with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jellyfishie View Post
    Wheat bags are a massive fire and burns risk, total no-no for kids in my mind.

    As some others mentioned I'd use electric blanket for pre-heating the bed but never all night. I don't even use my own overnight. Most have detachable controllers now (so you can wash them) so you could just take the controller away when the kidlets get into bed if you don't think they could resist the temptation to fiddle with it.
    That's what I was thinking IF we got some for the kids. Ours is washable so has the detachable controls so it is an option for them.

    Thank you very much for all the replies. I kind of just wanted to know what others think. Still not sure what we'll do but yeah, thanks again ladies

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    None of my kids have one, and to be honest, I have never even considered getting one for them. I do live on the Gold Coast though so its not really cold anyway.

    When we lived in NZ, DD used to have a hot water bottle, but not with boiling water, and hubby would close it so there was no way she could get it open (I couldn't even lol). If we were still there I don't think I would get the kids electric blankets, they would play with them too much.


 

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