Hot response from residents for electric blanket testing

There has been a hot response to East Dunbartonshire Council’s electric blanket testing scheme from residents, with 100 per cent of users saying they were ‘very satisfied’.

The Trading Standards team offered free electric blanket safety tests in September for people over 60 years of age living in East Dunbartonshire, as part of its commitment to consumer safety.

Thanks to funding from the community safety partnership, the team was able to test 76 electric blankets, all of which were collected from residents’ homes and returned to them if a pass was achieved. For those blankets that failed the testing, their owners were given an Argos voucher to help with a replacement.

As part of the project, the council has been working in partnership with the Scottish fire and rescue service, offering a free home safety visit. To date, 25 households have taken up this opportunity, where they discuss a fire escape plan, and fit smoke alarms free of charge for those who need them.