Old electric blanket causes fire and fatality

Energy type: 
Electricity
 
Event summary: 
A fatality due to asphyxiation was caused by a fire involving an electric blanket.
 
Accident ID: 
170901-01
 
Accident date: 
30 August 2017
 
Site: 
Domestic
 
Environment: 
Building
 
Voltage: 
1
 
Equipment: 
Blankets; Pads
 
Accident type: 
Fire
 
Casualty: 
Fatality
 
Injury: 
Asphyxiation
 
Property damage level: 
Restricted to the room containing the equipment
 
Outcome of investigation: 

Energy Safety carried out an investigation on a fatality caused by a faulty electric blanket in a residential house. The outcome of investigations from the Fire Service showed the blanket was estimated to be over 40 years old and there were not sufficient identifiable markings to identify the product. No further details on the owner or property were able to be supplied, and the investigation was closed as there was insufficient information requiring further investigation.