Electric blanket testing events kick off tomorrow in Dundee
21 September 2015
The series of events start tomorrow at Lime Street Community Lounge and Finmill Community Centre in Fintry
As we head towards the winter months the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is issuing a timely reminder to people in Dundee to have their electric blankets tested.
The fire and rescue service is teaming up with the Trading Standards Section of Dundee City Council’s Environment Department and Dundee Community Safety Partnership to host a series of electric blanket testing events to ensure that people sleep safely in their beds this winter.
The first two events take place on 22 September – at the Lime Street Community Lounge between 10am and 12 noon, and the Finmill Community Centre in Fintry between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
Then on 23 September there will be an event at St Aidans Centre Broughty Ferry between 10am and noon, with a final event at Age Concern Five ways Club on Strathmartine Road between 1.30 pm and 3.30pm.
Anyone wishing to have their blanket checked should turn up on the day and their old blanket will be tested. If a fault is found they will be offered an exchange.
Watch Manager John Wade said: "Old and damaged electric blankets cause many house fires each year and they’re responsible for deaths and injuries that could be prevented by having a simple inspection and electrical test carried out by a competent person.
"Blankets can be dangerous due to age, may have developed a fault or have been damaged through wear and tear. Many older blankets don’t have overheat protection from a thermostatic control and without this they can lead to serious fires breaking out."
Electric blankets should be tested every two years once the guarantee has expired to ensure they are safe to use. Every blanket will be tested to ensure that it has passed the required test.
Previous blanket testing has had a failure rate running at around 25 per cent so there is no reason to for anyone to be complacent.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service hopes local people will come along and support this important initiative, which in turn will assist in making Dundee’s communities safer places to live.