Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council are urging the public to think about their safety and will be testing electric blankets free of charge throughout the county.
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.
"Hundreds of people are injured every year in fires caused by faulty electric blankets"
Head of Risk Reduction, Ian Sloss
Head of Risk Reduction, Ian Sloss 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.
Staffordshire 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 over 1500 blankets were tested throughout Staffordshire and approximately half of those failed the test which shows how important this service is.”
Stoke-on-Trent City Councillor Clive Brian, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: "This initiative plays a major role in helping to significantly reduce the number of electric blanket fires. It is an excellent example of partnership working and proves to be very popular every year.