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Electric blanket testing sessions across the two counties

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Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire is offering safety testing of electric blankets across the two counties. As part of Age UK's work to ensure older people stay warm throughout the winter, the sessions will be held in Worcester, Droitwich Spa, Pershore and Evesham.

The testing, which is by appointment, costs just £2.50 per blanket. Where blankets fail, replacement blankets will be issued for free – one per booking. Advice on home energy and safety will also be available.

"This is a great opportunity to demonstrate some of the work we do around fire prevention in the community. At this time of year we see an increase in incidents caused by electric blankets and would urge anyone to take advantage of these testing sessions. Electric blankets should be replaced every 10 years, and checked every two. We also encourage people to regularly check for scorch marks, water damage, mould or exposed wires, and never leave an electric blanket on overnight," said Station Commander Steve Andrews of the Fire Service Community Risk team.

Also in attendance will be Act On Energy, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Fire and Rescue Service - hosting one of the sessions at Pershore Fire Station - and other local organisations providing information and support.

Appointments must be pre-booked, and the sessions will take place at the following locations:

  • Worcester, Malvern Gate (WR2 4BN) on Wednesday 31st October, 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Droitwich, Rugby Club (WR9 7DX) on Friday 26th October, 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Evesham, Christian Centre (WR11 4AD) on Tuesday 30th October, 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Pershore, Fire Station on (WR10 1HZ) Thursday 1st November, 10:00am - 2:00pm

To make an appointment, contact Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire on 01905 740950 or 0880 008 6077, or via email at admin@ageukhw.org.uk.