Autumn has arrived so if you are aged 50 or over and have an electric blanket don’t forget to book your free electric blanket test from Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards.
In 2017, one in every three of the electric blankets tested failed. A worrying statistic as faulty electric blankets are a known cause of house fires.
Nuneaton’s free electric blanket safety checks will take place at Nuneaton Fire Station on Friday, 5th October. Book your place today by calling the Trading Standards Service on 019 2641 4024 (office hours) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments are allocated on a first come first served basis, so book now!
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 in Warwickshire and the surrounding 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 www.warwickshire.gov.uk/electricblanket.