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Free electric blanket testing

Free electric blanket testing

Corsham people are being offered free electric blanket testing at Corsham Fire Station on Tuesday 23 October
Wiltshire Council’s consumer protection team, in partnership with Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, is running four sessions to test electric blankets, and is urging people to take advantage of this free offer.
Wiltshire Council trading standards manager, Yvonne Bennett, said: “Many elderly people rely on electric blankets for extra warmth in winter but are often unaware of the dangers of using old or damaged blankets. More than 1,000 fires a year are caused in the UK by damaged or faulty blankets. We hope people will make appointments to use this free service to make sure they can keep safe this winter .”
Watch manager Neil Chamberlain, from Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service’s community safety department, said: “Electric blankets are perfectly safe as long as they are looked after and checked regularly. You should always look for scorch marks, or worn/frayed cloth, as these are danger signs. The flex should also be checked, to make sure it is undamaged and properly connected. Making an appointment for one of these free sessions will give peace of mind.”
Anyone wishing to make an appointment for the sesssions between 9:30am and 4:30pm should call Wiltshire Council’s consumer protection team on 01225 713248 or email tradingstandards@wiltshire.gov.uk


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