Book a free electric blanket test appointment in Rugby

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IT may still be summer, but Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service has already begun taking bookings for their popular and free annual electric blanket safety testing scheme.

The county-wide scheme is open to all Warwickshire residents aged 50 or over and whether your blanket is new or old, why not have it tested before winter sets in?

Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection said: “Although electric blankets are manufactured to strict standards, wear and tear can leave them more vulnerable to developing a fault and faulty electric blankets can catch fire and cause harm.”

“I would strongly urge anyone aged over 50 and living in Warwickshire to take advantage of this offer and book an appointment now!”

Warwickshire Trading Standards Service will provide electric blanket tests FREE OF CHARGE, for people aged 50 or over, between Monday 1st October 2012 and Friday 5th October 2012. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Old or damaged electric blankets cause a number of fires each year, which can result in injury or death. These can be avoided by simply getting your electric blanket checked.

Testing, by appointment only, will take place at the following venues around Warwickshire:

Leamington Town Hall, Monday 1st October 2012 Nuneaton Fire Station, Tuesday 2nd October 2012 Rugby Library, Wednesday 3rd October 2012 Kenilworth Library, Thursday 4th October 2012 Stratford Fire Station, Friday 5th October 2012

To book an appointment, call the Trading Standards Service

on: 01926 414016 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm) or email: ebtesting@warwickshire.gov.uk.

Bookings for electric blanket tests are available by appointment only and will be taken on a first come first served basis. The number of appointments is limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Due to the expected demand for blanket tests, a limit of two blankets per person has been set.

If you are unable to take advantage of the testing programme you can check your own blankets by looking for the following warning signs:

· the fabric is worn or frayed

· there are scorch marks anywhere

· the tie tapes are damaged or missing

· the flex is worn or damaged

· any connections are loose

Remember older blankets in regular use are much more likely to have one or more of the above faults.

For a complete guide to checking your electric blanket, visit our website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/electricblanket.