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Is your electric blanket safe?

Is your electric blanket safe?

11 August 2017

As the cold weather spreads across North Lincolnshire later on this year, many people will be bringing out their electric blankets ready for use and North Lincolnshire Council is offering to test your electric blanket free of charge in September. 

Bring your electric blanket for testing at the following venues: 

Wednesday 20 September

  • Ashby Link - 9.30am to 12pm
  • Scunthorpe Central Library - 2pm to 4pm 

Thursday 28 September 

  • The Angel Ball Room in Brigg - 9.30am to 12pm
  • Wesley Memorial Church in Epworth - 1.30pm to 3pm
  • The Old School Hall in Winterton - 4pm to 5pm 

It is important to make sure your electric blanket is tested regularly. Here are some electric blanket danger signs: 

  • Fraying fabric
  • Creasing or folding
  • Scorch marks
  • Exposed elements
  • Damp patches
  • Tie tapes damaged or missing
  • Worn flex
  • Soiling 

The way you store your electric blanket is important to ensure you get the best from it. Do not fold your electric blanket when putting it away as this can damage the wiring, it is much better to roll the blanket. 

Cllr. Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for Safer, Greener and Cleaner places, said: 

“If you have an electric blanket and haven’t had it tested, please take advantage of our free electric blanket tests in North Lincolnshire to make sure your electric blanket is safe. 

“It is much cheaper to replace an electric blanket than it is your home, so come down to one of our venues on 20 and 28 September to see if your electric blanket is safe for use.”  

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First Published:11 August 2017