Electric blanket tests for over 60s

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TRADING Standards officers are offering free electric blanket tests to the over 60s.

East Dunbartonshire council recently received funding from the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) and are keen to find blankets that may be faulty before winter sets in.

About 1000 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.

Officers will collect blankets from homes between September 24 to the 28, test them and return them from October 3. For those blankets that fail the testing, Argos vouchers will be provided to help with a replacement.

Locals who want to participate in the project should contact the team on 0141 578 8813.

Councillor Ashay Ghai, Convener of Housing and Community Services, said: “We are extremely grateful to again receive this funding, so that we can keep people safe in their homes this winter.”