A fifty year old Bakelite electric blanket was some of the more unusual - and dangerous - blankets submitted for testing as part of Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards free electric blanket safety scheme.
The Service is now running the scheme again and hopes to prevent more old and dangerous electric blankets from being used. The county-wide scheme is open to all Warwickshire residents aged 50 or over and whether your blanket is new or old, why not have it tested before winter sets in?
Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection said:
“Although electric blankets are manufactured to strict standards, wear and tear can leave them more vulnerable to developing a fault and faulty electric blankets can catch fire and cause harm.
I would strongly urge anyone aged over 50 and living in Warwickshire to take advantage of this offer and book an appointment now!”
Bookings for electric blanket tests are available by appointment only and 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.
Any Warwickshire resident aged 50 or over can book an appointment by phoning or emailing:
(Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
Electric blanket testing will take place on the following dates and locations
Monday 5th October Nuneaton Fire Station
Tuesday 6th October Leamington Town Hall
Wednesday 7th October Kenilworth Library
Thursday 8th October Rugby Library
Friday 9th October Stratford Pop in Centre United Reformed Church
If you are unable to take advantage of the testing programme you can check your 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
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- October Kenilworth Library
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- October Rugby Library
- October Leamington Town Hall
- Richard Hobbs
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