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Electric Blanket Testing 2019

KEEPING SAFE AND WARM AS WINTER APPROACHES

Residents in Castle Point can feel warmer and safer this winter after having their electric blankets safety tested as the cold weather approaches.

Castle Point Borough Council carried out free electric blanket safety testing on Tuesday 22nd October at the council offices in Kiln Road, Benfleet.

Of the 60 blankets tested, 9 failed (15%) and were destroyed to prevent future use.

The danger from older or damaged blankets is very real. Faulty electric blankets account for fires in the home every year. Some failures were due to the age of the blanket, older models having no built in safety features. Other reasons included broken power cables, insulation problems, bonding and no overheat protection. Other owners were informed about product safety recalls for their model of blanket that they had not previously been aware of, and they were advised to return the goods for a replacement.

While waiting for their blankets to be checked, residents were able to get fire safety advice, book visits for a free smoke alarm fitting, get personal and home safety advice from Essex Police, and learn about the services offered by Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services.

Photograph of Resident Ron Lailey and local organisations at the event.

Photo: Resident Ron Lailey (front left) from Hadleigh was delighted his blanket passed all safety tests, and he took the opportunity to also get advice and information from local organisations at the event.