Safety checks on residents' electric blankets.
BEFORE the winter sets in North East Lincolnshire Council is offering free electric blanket safety checks this October.
Two drop-in sessions will be held at Cleethorpes Memorial Hall on Wednesday, October 3, and at Grimsby Twon Hall on Thursday, October 4. Both sessions will run from 10am to 3pm.
The event on Wednesday is part of an Older People’s Advice Day, hosted by Age UK.
There will be free replacement blankets to over-60s, for any that fail, provided by the local committee of Age UK.
Councillor Dave Bolton, portfolio holder for community safety and neighbourhoods, said: “Keeping warm is important over the cold winter months, especially for elderly people who are more susceptible to the cold.
“Electric blankets are known to fail and can cause fatalities so it is important that blankets are safety checked annually.”
Residents may also request that their blanket is picked up for a free test if they are unable to attend the sessions. To arrange for your blanket to be picked up, call (01472) 324770.
The council offers free tests every year to identify unsafe blankets, and to help raise general awareness of the dangers of unsafe blankets.
The council’s top tips are:
• Avoid buying a second-hand blanket. Always purchase a new blanket if possible.
• Never use a blanket with scorch marks, exposed elements or if it is wet or damp.
• Check the electrical lead for any signs of wear or damage.
• Ensure the blanket is stored carefully: roll it or fold it loosely to avoid creases as far as possible, or lay it on a spare bed if you have one.
• Most electric blankets are designed not to be washed – always check the manufacturer’s instructions.
For further advice visit: http://www.fireservice.co.uk/safety/electric-blankets