Two electric blanket safety days in Angus next month

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Firefighters will be heading to Edzell on 25 March and Arbroath on 28 March for testing clinics

Dundee Electric Blanket

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have been awarded a grant from the Electrical Safety Council to purchase electric blankets and individually switched extension sockets.

SFRS in partnership with Angus Care and Repair will be testing electric blankets for safety and peace of mind at:

• Inglis Court. Edzell, DD9 7SR on Tuesday 25 March, from 1pm until 4pm.
• Volunteer Action Angus, 32 – 34 Guthrie Port, Arbroath, DD11 1RN on 28 March from 10am until 3pm.

If the blanket should fail we will offer a replacement. It is recommended that blankets are tested annually from three years old onwards and replaced at 10 years old.

Police Scotland and Angus Trading Standards will also be available to answer any questions from the public.

Switched extension sockets have also been purchased and will be exchanged on a one for one basis with the older block style adaptors.

These can be fused or unfused and have been known to overload the household socket they are plugged into. Switched extension sockets cannot draw more than the designed maximum of 13 Amps from any socket. Individual switching allows turning off appliances, as part of a safe bedtime routine, in line with Scottish Fire and Rescue advice.

Government statistics show that faulty electrical products and wiring cause a high percentage of fires in UK homes and only a quarter of all fires in homes are reported to the Fire and Rescue Service.

Scottish Fire and Rescue and Angus Care and Repair are keen to make Angus residents aware of potential hazards in order to keep people safe in their own home.

A Home Fire Safety Visit from Scottish Fire and Rescue can be arranged by calling 0800 0731 999, or texting “check” to 61611, or logging on to / and filling in an online referral.

Alternatively Angus Care and Repair can carry out a Home Safety check which is a room to room assessment in your home to establish any hazards or risks in the home.

This service is available to over 65’s or disabled people in Angus. Contact Angus Care and Repair on 01307 463232 or email to arrange.