Free electric blanket testing 2015

Avon Fire & Rescue Service and Bristol City Council are offering free electric blanket safety checks to help keep people safe this winter.

The sessions will be run at venues across the city throughout September before the cold weather begins.

Previous tests carried out have shown that 24.5% of blankets checked had potential life threatening faults such as defective plugs, flexes, insulation and exposed live wires.

National figures also show that 95% of electric blanket fires are caused by blankets which are over 13 years old.

Principle Trading Standards Officer, Sarah Davey, said: “We want to make sure you keep safe and warm this winter. The statistics show a simple safety check can help to save lives, and we urge anyone with an electric blanket to get theirs checked every year.

“Officers will be on hand during these sessions to give you advice on a range of consumer safety issues and fire safety and prevention.”

Avon Fire & Rescue Service and Bristol City Council advise getting your blanket checked if it is more than three years old.

Modern designs are also potentially dangerous, as although these blankets are made to fail safe, problems can still arise through misuse, such as poorly wired plugs, damaged cables and broken switches.

Please call 0117 9223522 to book a session. Drop in sessions will also be available at all the venues between 2-4pm without the need for an appointment.

Sessions need to be booked in advance.

Wednesday 2 September – 9.30am-1pm: Southmead Fire Station
Monday 7 September – 9.30am-1pm: Whitchurch Health Centre
Tuesday 8 September – 9.30am-1pm: Wellspring Living Centre
Monday 14 September – 9.30am-1pm: Southmead Fire Station
Monday 21 September – 9.30am-1pm: Bedminster Fire Station
Wednesday 23 September – 9.30am-1pm: Redland United Reform Church