Free Electric Blanket Testing at Bewdley
This event will be held at Bewdley Fire Station in Dog Lane, Bewdley on Tuesday 25 September, from 9.30am until 1pm.
A further session will be also held in Kidderminster in October.
While Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) and Age UK Wyre Forest are the lead agencies for this initiative, Wyre Forest District Council, Act On Energy, NHS Worcestershire, the Community Housing Group, West Mercia Police, Care & Repair, Support 24 and Worcestershire Telecare will also be attending the event, which is targeted primarily towards older people. As well as getting their electric blankets tested, those attending will also be able to take advantage of free property marking and get advice on home security, health care and energy efficiency, and other services for older people.
Advice on all aspects of fire safety will also be available - with the emphasis on having working smoke alarms fitted in the home and testing them regularly.
Caroline Webster, Community Safety Advisor with HWFRS, explained: "Thankfully incidents involving unsafe electric blankets are relatively rare in Worcestershire. Nevertheless, around a third of electric blankets tested in Bewdley in September last year were found to be unsafe, and just over a quarter of blankets checked at a recent safety testing session held in Stourport (on Monday 10 September) were also found to be defective. We will therefore continue to hold these testing sessions to highlight the issue and encourage local residents to bring along their blankets to have them properly checked."
She said that 11 Home Fire Safety Referral visits were also set up during the Stourport electric blanket safety testing sessions, giving householders chance to get further fire safety specific advice specific for their home and family circumstances at a time convenient to them.
She urged electric blanket users not able to get along to a testing session to be sure to inspect their blankets and their leads on a regular basis, looking out for signs of wear and tear. She warned that a blanket should not be used if it has a worn lead or missing connections, any exposed elements, scorch marks or water damage or any creasing or folding.
She also recommended keeping hold of the manufacturer's instructions for using the electric blanket as these will advise how to use and store it safely, thus prolonging its life. Ideally electric blankets should be tested every two years and replaced every 10 years.
She 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.
For your FREE blanket test in Bewdley, please make an appointment by calling 01562 512612. Alternatively, a drop in facility will be available on the day for those who are prepared to wait / collect later.