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Warwickshire Trading Standards Electric Blanket Safety Campaign 2018

Community information, Warwickshire

  • Incident number: Electric Blanket Safety Campaign
  • Date: 23/08/2018

Book Now for your Free Electric Blanket Safety Test

Autumn has arrived and Warwickshire residents are being urged to book their free electric blanket test now. Bookings are now open to all residents aged 50+.

Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards is launching its annual electric blanket safety testing campaign. Have your electric blanket safety tested FREE of charge this coming October.

In 2017, one in every three of the electric blankets tested failed and faulty electric blankets are a known cause of house fires.

Free electric blanket safety checks will take place at venues across all five districts and boroughs this coming October. Safety tests will be carried out by an expert electrical examiner.

•Monday 1st October, Stratford Briar Croft
•Tuesday 2nd October, Leamington Town Hall
•Wednesday 3rd October, Rugby Fire Station
•Thursday 4th October, Kenilworth Library
•Friday 5th October, Nuneaton Fire Station

Book today by calling the Trading Standards Service on 01926 414024 (office hours) or email: ebtesting@warwickshire.gov.uk

Appointments are allocated on a first come first served basis and are limited.

Don't miss out - book now!

Warwickshire County Councillor Andy Crump, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said: "Our free electric blanket testing campaign has been running successfully for almost 20 years and in that time we've identified and removed from use thousands of electric blankets that were old, faulty and downright dangerous.  Last year one in every three electric blankets tested failed, so it remains as important as every to ensure that your blanket is safety tested and ready for Winter."

Act on Energy will also be at the testing stations to provide free energy efficiency advice to the public. Act on Energy is a charity that encourages energy conservation by providing free and impartial advice to householders and small businesses in Warwickshire and the surrounding local areas.

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 checking your electric blanket, visit the Warwickshire Trading Standards website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/electricblanket