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People across Lichfield and Burntwood are being given the chance to have their electric blankets tested free of charge.
Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have teamed up to offer the service as people begin to think about getting their heated blankets out at the end of summer.
Any blankets that fail the testing will not be handed back, but those people aged over 60 and living in Staffordshire will be offered a brand new single or double under blanket as a replacement.
Testing will take place at the following venues:
Lichfield Fire Station – September 29
Burntwood Library – September 30
Tests will be carried out from 9.45am to 12noon, and 2pm until 4pm. Alternatively, those who are unable to get to the testing centres can take their blankets to a local drop off point.
County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture said:
“People should make the most of this opportunity to get their electric blankets tested and check that they’re safe. Older people in particular can benefit from this as they will be given a free blanket if their old one is unsafe.
“In 2008 more than 1,500 blankets were tested throughout Staffordshire and approximately half of those failed the test which shows how important this service is.”
Phil McFarlane, Lichfield’s Area Commander for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said:
“Hundreds of people are injured every year in fires caused by faulty electric blankets, so ensuring yours is safe is really important. The test is free so we encourage people to come along and get theirs checked. We find that a lot of people fold up their electric blankets when they’re not in use, however this damages the internal wiring, making them dangerous.”
Drop off points in the Lichfield area:
Burntwood Live at Home Scheme – Drop off between September 21 and 29 from 9am until 5pm, collect October 2 from 9am until 5pm.
Old Mining College, Chase Town, Burntwood – Drop off between September 21 and 29 from 9am until 5pm, collect 2 October from 9am until 5pm.
Lichfield Library – Drop off between September 21 and 28 from 9am until 5pm, collect September 30 from 9am until 5pm.
Shenstone Library – Drop off September 22, 25 and 26, collect October 2,during library opening times, visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/leisure for details.