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Worcestershire residents invited to electric blanket testing sessions

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The events, targeted primarily towards older people, will be held at locations across Worcestershire (Evesham, Pershore, Tenbury, Malvern and Worcester).

Those attending can take their electric blankets along to be tested and can also get advice on a range of other services for older people. Advice on all aspects of fire safety will also be available on the day – particularly the importance of having correctly fitted and workingsmoke alarms in the home.

Becky Valender, Community Safety Advisor with HWFRS, said: “Electric blanket safety testing has become a key part of our community safety calendar. Last year, just under a third of electric blankets we tested were found to be defective in one way or another, some of them presenting a significant risk to the user.

“We were able to offer replacement blankets for those found to be unsafe, and this is something we will be repeating this year, whilst stocks last.”

She confirmed that the dates and venues of this year’s free electric blanket testing sessions in South Worcestershire are as follows, all between 10.00am and 2.00pm:

Friday 8 November – The Vale of Evesham Christian Centre, Evesham
Telephone Number: 01386 422700

Monday 11 November – Pershore Fire Station, Defford Road, Pershore
Telephone Number: 01386 422700

Thursday 14 November – 10 Mealcheapen Street, Worcester
Telephone Number: 01905 724294

Thursday 21 November – Pump Rooms, off Teme Street, Tenbury
Telephone Number: 01584 810209

Friday 22 November – Great Malvern Railway Station, Great Malvern
Telephone Number: 01684 560666

She urged electric blanket users to call the telephone number of the appropriate venueto book an appointment in advance. Alternatively, a drop in facility will be available on the day for those who are prepared to wait / collect later.

She also urged electric blanket users who were unable to get along to one of the testing sessions to be sure to inspect their blankets on a regular basis. She said: “Check the blanket and lead for signs of wear and tear, and stop using it immediately if the lead is worn, or you can see any missing connections, exposed elements, scorch marks or water damage, or any creasing or folding.”

Becky recommended that electric blankets should be tested every year and replaced every 10 years, and that the manufacturer’s instructions are carefully followed to ensure safe use and storage.

She also urged electric blanket users not to take hot water bottles or drinks to bed with them, as any leaks or spills on the blanket could result in a dangerous mix of water and electricity.