Thursday, February 24, 2005

Vote Here

This is a very important election. I am putting this to you to decide. Feel free to explain your choice when you reply, to help clarify the issues.

Issue: I get cold, especially at night when I'm trying to fall asleep. I've never had an electric blanket because I've read too many Consumer Product Safety Commission reports about electrical shorts, melting and burn injuries. There's also a business consideration, as most electric blankets are made by Sunbeam (there was a point where the word "monopoly" was tossed around.)

Here are the questions:

Question 1: Should I quit being a worry wart and get an electric blanket?

Question 2: Do you have (and use) an electric blanket?

Question 3: Are the safety concerns great enough to affect purchasing decisions?

(I get a lot of time to think about these things while I'm awake and shivering.)


night-rider said...

1. Definitely not - I don't want to be responsible for your death or disfigurement
2. No (but in rarely gets below 26 degrees celcius in Darwin
3. You say they are. What's wrong with sox, hot water bottle and an extra blanket. An extra blanket under the sheet helps too!

Erudite Redneck said...

Dr. ER sleeps on a heating pad -- or at least starts out for sleep on one. It's for her back, but it helps keep her warm, too.

Larry said...

So the votes are starting to come in.....

Well here are my three cents worth...
1 - Yes stop being a worry wart...heheheh
2 - When I was married, we had an electric blanket with the dual controls....We never had a problem with ours
3 - Don't walk with your blankie while it's plugged in, in the rain!!! lolololol

Enjoy the warmth....or get a GOOD armstrong heater!!!!


TECH said...

No. I've never trusted electric blankets. I do have a heating pad that I use when I've strained something, but I don't sleep with it.

FrenziedFeline said...

Being in southern California, I go out of my way to keep the bedroom cold. You'd think DH thought we were in Alaska--the man is always freezing!

He has an electric blanket on his side that he turns on for about half an hour before he goes to bed, then turns it off when he gets in bed. It works for him. We've never had a problem with shorts or anything.

I had a funny visualization of Jimmy Carter sleeping in heavy socks and sweats. Maybe he does, maybe he doesn't, but I guess telling you to sleep that way isn't as presidential as a sweater. ;)

quirky said...

1) Do you have a coffee maker? My uncle, the volunteer fireman, said most house fires started as a result of those. Boy, since I've revealed that, I hope you're a TEA person. If you keep your house cool and you're cold in bed....treat yourself and get one!
2) Of course we had them. We lived in Illinois, back in the 70's when they were REALLY dangerous. Now, grandma keeps the house warmer than a rainforest, so there's no need for one.
3)Burns heal. Just kidding. No, we never had ANY mishaps and we used the really dangerous 70's ones.