The Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria has spent a fortnight in hospital after sustaining burns from an electric blanket. The MP who had initially not disclosed his illness has been visited by leaders from all factions who have wished him quick recovery.
Kuria spent hours in theatre being attended to by doctors who operated on his wounds. The Star reports that the MP was burnt by an electric blanket on the lower part of his body. An electric blanket contains integrated electrical wires that heat the whole blanket for comfort purposes and keeping away the cold surrounding temperatures. The electric wires are enmeshed deep within the thick blanket under which they produce steady heat.
However, the blanket can cause fires and severe burns if:
You leave it running constantly all day or night.
A person with diabetes uses it. Because of their decreased skin sensitivity, it can lead to burns.
You forget to unplug the blanket when you are not using it.
And if you fail to correctly follow the instructions for use because beside it being a cosy blanket, it's an electrical appliance like any other that needs caution when using.
The electric blanket in Kenya costs from about Ksh 3900 to Ksh 20000 depending on the brand and model of the blanket.
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