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Electric blanket safety testing

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Published: 15/10/2012

South Gloucestershire Council is offering the free testing between 10.30am and 3pm on Wednesday 7 November at Patchway Library.

Safety experts recommend that all electric blankets more than three years old are tested at least once a year, to reduce the risk of fire caused by old or faulty blankets.

Top tips to help keep your electric blanket safe:

  • Look out for danger signs such as fraying fabric, scorch marks, exposed elements, wetness and loose connections
  • Store blankets flat or rolled up, never folded
  • Switch blankets off at night unless they have a working thermostat control
  • Electric blankets should carry the British Standard Kitemark and the British Electrotechnical Approvals Board (BEAB), or the European safety mark
  • Never buy a second hand electric blanket

Electric blanket testing is by appointment only so please book early to avoid disappointment. Call 01454 863 632 for bookings.

Patchway Library is located on Rodway Road, Patchway, Bristol BS34 5HG.

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