Free electric blanket tests are to be offered to anyone in Warwickshire aged 60 or over by Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service.
Electric blanket tests will be conducted during September and October at the following locations: Kenilworth Library; Nuneaton Fire Station; Stratford upon Avon United Reformed Church; Leamington Spa Town Hall; and Rugby Library.
The booking hotline is now open, call or email:
(Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm)
Tests will be conducted by appointment only, and bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis. The number of appointments is limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Due to the expected demand for blanket tests, a limit of two blankets per person has been set.
Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection said:
“I would strongly urge older people in Warwickshire to take advantage of this free service. Unsafe electric blankets have the potential to catch fire and kill, and elderly people are particularly at risk making up the majority of accident victims.”
Electric blankets sold in the shops are made to strict safety standards. But they wear with age - and what’s more a not-so-old blanket can become dangerous too - and can even start a fire, if it is misused.
Those unable to take advantage of the testing programme can check their own blankets by looking for the following warning signs:
· the fabric is worn or frayed
· there are scorch marks anywhere
· the tie tapes are damaged or missing
· the flex is worn or damaged
· any connections are loose
Remember older blankets in regular use are much more likely to have one or more of the above faults.
For a complete guide to choosing, using, storing, and checking your electric blanket, visit our website http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards