Is Heated Clothing Safe? 12 Safety Tips For heated clothing
The heated clothes trend is on the rise. Today, heated jackets, heated socks, and heated gloves are available to save us from the freezing cold.
When we think about electric cables, batteries, and chargers used in heated clothing, the question arises “is heated clothing safe?”
The short answer to this question is yes. The heated clothing is as safe as normal clothing. This is because low voltage batteries, carbon fiber elements, and insulated wires that are available in the heated clothes.
- The batteries used in the battery-operated clothing are of extremely low voltage. Usually, the batteries used in heated clothing range from 5v to 12v. A 12v battery is as safe as your smartphone battery.
- The carbon fiber elements are used as heating elements because they are rigid and last longer. They do not emit radiation and are proven to be safe.
- The connected wires are properly insulated o that there is no chase of heated clothing catching fire.
- Most brands use conductive threads instead of electric wires, which not only makes your heating clothing lightweight but also minimizes the risks involved.
- The current generated through this system is not enough to cause skin burns.
- The chargers of the heated clothing are the same which are used to charge your phones. So, there is no risk involved.
- It’s been a decade since heated clothing was introduced. No single case of electrocution has been reported.
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Safety Tips for Heated Clothing
Safety should always be our top priority, no matter what we do. Following are the safety instructions for heated clothing:
- Children, infants, or anyone who requires supervision, should not use heated jackets, gloves, and pants.
- If you are sensitive to heat or have poor circulation, avoid these products.
- Do not use heated clothes, if the inner lining is wet.
- The heating elements should not be in direct contact with bare skin.
- If you feel discomfort, disconnect the heating system immediately.
- Do not pinch the cords.
- If you feel that the heat is inconsistent in different heating zones, inspect whether all the heating elements are working properly. Avoid using heated products until the issue is resolved.
- Do not use pins as they can damage the wiring.
- If you want to wash the heated clothes, do not forget to remove the battery pack.
- Do not remove the sewn labels as they carry important information regarding the heated battery-operated apparel.
- If you are not using the heating system, turn off the device, and disconnect the batteries.
- If you want the heated clothes to be repaired, get them repaired through a qualified person.
- Always read the manual. It usually carries all the safety information.
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Annika Ramos is a physiotherapist with a passion for helping people recover from injuries and illnesses. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring her creative side through various craft projects.