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WODC carring out free electric blanket testing   ()

West Oxfordshire District Council are carry out free electric blanket safety checks for West Oxfordshire residents as part of a countywide scheme which involves Trading Standards and Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Testing will be carried out on 21 October 2016 at Glyme Hall, Burford Road, Chipping Norton

Reasons for testing electric blankets

Old or damaged blankets cause more than 5,000 fires a year with blankets over 10 years old causing 99% of these fires. Each year about 20 people are killed and 100 injured in these fires. The danger signs are:

  • Worn or frayed fabric
  • Scorch marks
  • Tie tapes (if originally fitted) damaged or missing
  • Worn or damaged flex
  • Loose electrical connections
  • Damaged or displaced heating wires - hold the blanket up to the light to check    

If your electric blanket is more than 10 years old or showing signs of wear and tear, the best advice is to get a new one. When buying a new electric blanket:

  • always buy new
  • look out for a European Certification Mark such as the new BEAB safety mark.