Almost half of all electric blankets tested by Warwickshire
County Council Trading Standards failed, the service has
Each year the service runs a free electric blanket testing
campaign for Warwickshire people aged 50+ in order to
protect residents from old and dangerous electric blankets.
This year’s campaign saw a high failure rate, the result of
a large number of very old electric blankets being tested,
many of which were still in regular use!
Old electric blankets are much more likely to develop
faults that can lead to fires.
Industry guidelines advise consumers to replace their
electric blanket at least every ten years, but some of the
blankets the service was asked to check were over 30 years
Electric blankets wear with use leading to the wiring
becoming broken or kinked. This can cause hotspots to
develop (causing fires) and can be an electrocution hazard.
Many very old blankets have no over-heat protection, a
feature built in to new blankets to prevent them from
overheating and catching fire.
Warwickshire County Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder
for Community Safety said:
“Our free electric blanket safety campaign is over a decade
old and in that time we have removed from use well over a
thousand very old and unsafe electric blankets.”
“This year we found many electric blankets that were still
in use despite being more than 30 years old and having no
“I am delighted that this safety campaign continues to be
so popular and well received.”
Repaired (included in passed figures)
The electric blanket testing campaign has now finished but
owners can check the safety of their own electric 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. If your electric
blanket is more than 10 years old, industry guidelines
suggest you should replace it. An old BEAB safety mark (a
round symbol) is an indication that the blanket is more
than ten years old.
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For further information contact:
Simon Cripwell, Trading Standards Officer, (01926) 414039
or 07771 975570. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org