FREE electric blanket safety tests

EAST RIDING Council is this year again offering the free electric blanket safety checks.

electric blanketYou can get your FREE electric blanket safety test at the Town Hall, Hedon on Wednesday 25th September 2013 between 9am and 5pm.

Appointments must be booked for each electric blanket you intend to bring. Telephone East Riding of Yorkshire Council on 01482 393939, or Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506.

Last year, 353 electric blankets were tested as part of the council’s continuing programme of electric blanket safety checks. 34% failed the safety test and were found to be dangerous to use.

National statistics show that old and unsafe electric blankets cause more than 5,000 fires each year. More than half of all electric blankets tested nationally are found to be unsafe. Electric blankets which are over 10 years old do not have the safety features of modern blankets. Serious defects can also develop when blankets are not used in accordance with the instructions.

It takes six minutes to check each blanket and it is free of charge to residents of the East Riding of Yorkshire, but please note people must make an appointment. Residents may bring multiple electric blankets to be tested. Those with poor mobility can ask for their electric blankets to be picked up and delivered back to their home.

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