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Electric blanket testing in Redditch

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The safety testing session will take place at Redditch Town Hall in Alcester Street, between 10am and 1pm on Thursday 2 February, as part of the Showcase of Services for Older People.

While Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (H&WFRS) and Age UK will be offering free electric blanket safety checks, those going along to the Town Hall event can also get advice on a range of services for older people, including all aspects of fire safety, particularly the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home.

Caroline Webster, Community Safety Advisor with H&WFRS, said: “We’ve been working with our partners to offer free electric blanket testing across Worcestershire this winter and a significant number of the blankets tested to date have failed the safety checks. We would therefore urge people in Redditch, particularly older residents, to come along on Thursday to check their own electric blankets are safe to use.”

Replacements for any blankets found to be defective will be offered during the session, one per household subject to availability.

Electric blanket users unable to make the session are encouraged to take a few moments to inspect their own blankets, discontinuing use if they notice any signs of wear and tear, particularly any worn leads, scorch marks or creasing and folding.

To book your FREE blanket test at Redditch, please make an appointment by calling 01562 512612 or drop by on the day if you are prepared to wait / collect later.