Stay safe - get your electric blanket checked

The nights are fair drawing in and there’s a definite chill in the air.

With this in mind, East Dunbartonshire Council is holding electric blanket safety tests, to make this winter safer for its residents.

About 1,000 house fires in the UK every year are caused by faulty electric blankets, resulting in 20 deaths and 250 injuries with older people being most at risk.

Councillor Rhondda Gheekie, convenor of policy and resources, said: “This annual initiative always proves to be popular with local residents, particularly older people. Last year a significant proportion of the blankets failed the test. Worryingly a handful of these were serious failures resulting in the owners being advised to get rid of the blankets.”

The Trading Standards team will be offering free electric blanket safety tests in September for people over 60 years of age living in East Dunbartonshire. The council is also working in partnership with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, offering a FREE Home Fire Safety visit, where they discuss a fire escape plan, and fit smoke alarms free of charge for those who need them.

Trading Standards officers will collect blankets from residents’ homes between September 8 and 12.

The tests will then be carried out at an approved facility on September 16 and 17, with blankets being returned early the following week. For those blankets that fail the testing, residents will be given an Argos voucher to help with a replacement.

Eligible residents should contact the team on 0141 574 5772.