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Blankets fail safety checks

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Blankets fail safety checks

The event, held at Amphlett Hall, was organised by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (H&WFRS) in conjunction with Age Concern, Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (BDHT), LifeLine and West Mercia Police.

Julie Udall, Community Safety Advisor with H&WFRS, said: “Out of the 58 electric blankets tested, a total of 32 failed the checks, equating to a failure rate of 55 per cent. While this figure is concerning, it’s reassuring to know that these potentially dangerous blankets will no longer be used on people’s beds.”

She said that replacement blankets, one per household subject to availability, had been offered where blankets had failed the checks.

She urged anyone not managing to get along to the event to take a few moments to inspect their own electric blankets and leads, looking out for any 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.

Those visiting the Bromsgrove safety testing session were also able to access a range of advice, and H&WFRS also set up seven home fire safety referral visits during the event.