Electric blanket testing days to be held in Dundee

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and partners are joining forces to host several test events in October

Electric Blanket - Group Manager P And K Rab Middlemiss And Home Safety Officer Stewart Nelson

As we head towards the winter months the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service is issuing a timely reminder to people in Dundee to have their electric blankets tested.

The fire service is teaming up with the Dundee City Council Trading Standards 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 1 October. You can visit the Craigiebank Church Hall between 10am and noon or the Crescent Whitfield Community Centre between 1pm and 3pm.

Then on October 2 there will be an event at the Lochee Hub housing office in the community lounge between 10am and noon and the final one takes place between 1pm and 3pm at Menzieshill Community Centre.

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.

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 be 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 will be tested to ensure that it has passed the required test. Previous blanket testing has had a failure rate running at around 25% so there is no reason to be complacent just yet.

SFRS hopes local people will come along and support this important initiative which in turn will assist in making our community a safer place to live.