31/07/2014: SAFETY Alert: Book now for your free electric blanket test
It may still be summer, but you can book now for your free electric blanket test, Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service is urging residents.
Warwickshire Trading Standards will provide electric blanket tests FREE OF CHARGE, for Warwickshire residents aged 50 or over, between Monday 29th September and Friday 3rd October 2014.
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.
Testing is by appointment only and only available to Warwickshire residents age 50 or over. There are limited appointments which are allocated on a first come first served basis. A two blanket per person maximum has been set.
• Rugby Library, Monday 29th September 2014
• Nuneaton Fire Station, Tuesday 30th September 2014
• Leamington Spa Library, Wednesday 1st October 2014
• Kenilworth Library, Thursday 2nd October 2014
• Stratford Briar Croft, Friday 3rd October 2014
To book an appointment, call the Trading Standards Service on: 01926 414016 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or email: ebtesting@warwickshire.gov.uk
More information on the electric blanket safety testing programme
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.
A complete guide to checking your electric blanket
Warwickshire Trading Standards would like to take this opportunity to thanks Warwickshire Library & Information Service, Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service and Orbit Heart of England Housing Association for providing venues.


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