West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is running a series of free electric blanket testing sessions for residents next month.
Faulty electric blankets are a common cause of fire in the home. Last year almost 40% of the blankets tested by the service were defective and posed a serious risk of starting a fire.
Regular testing is recommended for blankets over two years old to ensure they are still safe to use. Blankets over ten years old should be replaced.
Residents can book an appointment to have their blanket tested at an upcoming session by calling 0345 872 9719. The sessions will take place between 9.30am and 4.30pm on the following dates:
3 October – The Studio, New Park Centre, Chichester PO19 7XY
4 October – Worthing Community Centre, 2 Romany Road, Durrington BN13 3FJ
5 October – Bognor Fire Station, West Meads Drive, Bognor PO21 5TB
10 October – Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley RH10 6HG
11 October – Horsham Library, Lower Tanbridge Way, Horsham RH12 1PJ
12 October – Haywards Heath Fire Station, Mill Green Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1XQ
WSFRS’s Safe and Well Manager Samantha Barber said: “We know lots of people will be planning to use their electric blankets to keep warm this winter, particularly as the cost of living remains high.
“Of the 106 blankets we tested last year, 42 were deemed unsafe to use as they failed to meet safety standards, which posed a great fire risk.
“We would encourage residents to come and have their blankets tested to ensure they have peace of mind that their blanket is still safe to use. Please book an appointment to meet our friendly team.”