Free safety check for electric blankets
Published: Friday 15th October 10
Residents who use an electric blanket can have it tested at a free safety check-up next month.
The council's trading standards officers have arranged for the electric blanket health checks at local fire stations on Wednesday, November 10 and Thursday, November 11.
The fire brigade say that faulty blankets cause around 5,000 fires every year - and similar safety sessions organised by the council in recent years have revealed many are extremely dangerous.
Around half of the blankets tested have been found to be hazardous, with many using incorrectly wired plugs or relying on the wrong fuses. Many have not had an overheating cut out facility, others have suffered scorch marks or been so worn that the heating element has been left exposed. Some have been found to be decades old and therefore at higher risk of malfunctioning.
While the blankets are being tested by an approved expert, fire officers will be on hand to offer free home fire safety advice.
The council's trading standards spokesman Cllr Sarah McDermott said: "These checks are carried out very quickly and they are free of charge. I would urge anyone who uses an electric blanket to have it tested. It could save your life."
The safety checks are being offered by appointment only. People can make an appointment by telephoning (020) 8871 7735 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. People using email need to provide a contact telephone number.
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