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Are Heated Jackets Bad for Your Health?

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Are heated jackets bad for you? It's a question many people ask when considering a cozy heated jacket to keep them warm in the cold winter months. Despite some people's doubts about the safety of heated jackets, there's no need to worry. In fact, a heated jacket can be a reliable friend to help you get through the winter.

One concern some people have is the risk of electric leakage or injury caused by water and electricity. However, the risk is minimal as most heated jackets on the market are designed with low voltage and provide adequate protection against the rain and wind. So, there's no need to worry about getting wet or electrocuted.

Another concern is whether a heated jacket can emit radiation that could hurt the skin or body. In fact, this is a myth. The infrared rays produced by a heated jacket are not harmful to humans and can actually help promote blood circulation and boost the body's immunity.

People also worry that a heated jacket may catch fire like some smartphones due to battery issues. However, this is not the case with most heated jackets as they use a safer and more reliable lithium battery. Additionally, the flexible carbon fiber or graphene heating elements in heated jackets have strong thermal conductivity and damage-proof ability, making the heating system more effective.

For those who want to ensure the safety of their heated jacket, it's important to follow some basic safety instructions, such as:

  1. Removing the battery and using a mesh laundry bag before washing the jacket.
  2. Avoiding bleaching or ironing the heated apparel, and using pins on it to prevent damage to the electric wires.
  3. Not putting the battery with mental objects to prevent electrical short circuits.
  4. Keeping the battery away from moisture and liquids.

So, to answer the question, are heated jackets safe? The short answer is yes. Heated jackets are safe to wear for most people and don't pose any significant risks. While some people may have concerns about the safety of heated jackets, these concerns are often based on myths and misunderstandings. With the right precautions and following basic safety instructions, you can enjoy the warmth and comfort of a heated jacket with peace of mind.

William H. McDaniel, MD

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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