Electric Blankets On Shabbat

The Daily Halacha Moment - Electric Blankets On Shabbat 🛏


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Question:

May one use an electronic blanket on Shabbat?


Answer:

It is permitted to use an electric blanket on shabbat, provided one does not move the knob that adjusts it. It is proper to place scotch tape on top of the knob in order to prevent oneself from accidentally adjusting the blanket on shabbat.[1] Note this only applies to the older electric blankets that work when plugged in but not ones which are responsive to sensing a person's presence are forbidden.


Sources:

[1]. See Igrot Moshe 3:50, Menuchat Ahavah 1:24:37, Yechaveh Da'at 2:49, Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 82 and vol. 5, p. 362.


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