Free electric blanket testing day for residents in Dundee

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The free tests are available on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 January at Blackness Road Community Fire Station

Dundee Electric Blanket

Crew Manager Lewis Duncan, Watch Manager Cameron McRae, Firefighter Kevin Phillip

With cold weather forecast for the coming days the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service is issuing a timely reminder to people in Dundee to have their electric blankets tested.

On Thursday 30 and Friday 31 January, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service is offering communities in Dundee the chance to have their electric blankets tested free of charge to ensure they are as safe as possible during the winter months.

The free tests will be carried out at Blackness Road Community Fire Station from 9am-4pm.

Anyone who would like to have their blanket checked should bring their blanket along to the Blackness Road Fire Station and get it tested.

Old and damaged blankets cause many house fires each year and are also responsible for deaths and injuries which could be prevented by having a simple inspection and electrical test carried out by a competent person.

Blankets can become dangerous due to age, may have developed a fault or have been damaged through wear and tear. Many older blankets do not have overheat protection which means that they do not have a thermostatic control allowing the blanket to overheat which can cause a fire to break out.

Electric blankets should be tested every two years once the guarantee has expired to ensure they are safe to use. Every blanket which is tested will be given a test certificate to show how it has performed on test. Previous blanket testing has had a failure rate running at around 25% so there is no reason to be complacent just yet.

It is hoped that local people will come along and support this important initiative which in turn will assist in making our community a safer place to live.

The iniative is sponsored by the Electrical Safety Council which supplied grant funding so this iniative could take place and enhance the safety of our residents in the Dundee area.

SFRS Group Manager for the Dundee area, Martin Tait said: “I would urge anyone within our local communities who either has an electric blanket or perhaps has an elderly family member or friend who has one to come along. These are often stored away for a number of months or longer then taken out for use where damage often hidden from view can cause fires that have been known to result in serious or fatal injuries.”