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Blanket Test is Cold Comfort

07/10/2009

As winter draws close Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is offering Audley residents the chance to keep themselves safe and warm during an annual Autumn Safety Day.

Visitors to the event, delivered in support of the Service’s "Young at Heart, Safe at Home" campaign, can take advantage of free electric blanket tests assured that if theirs fails a new one will be provided FREE of charge!

Running from 9am to 1pm on Saturday October 10th 2009 at the Pensioners Hall, Church Street, Audley, police and service officials will be on hand to offer advice and answer questions on topics ranging from carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors to shed alarms, personal attack alarms and home fire safety checks.

"Should a blanket fail its test it will be replaced free of charge to persons aged 60 and over. This is the first time this facility has been brought directly into this community."

Kelvin Chell, Fire Safety Officer at Newcastle Fire Station

Firefighters will also attend a flu clinic, being held simultaneously at Audley Health Centre, to provide people with free fire safety advice and the chance to register for a home fire risk check.

Kelvin Chell, Fire Safety Officer at Newcastle Fire Station, said: "We have decided at the Autumn Safety Day to give people the option of having their electric blanket tested free of charge by trading standards technicians before the cold winter nights set in."

"Should a blanket fail its test it will be replaced free of charge to persons aged 60 and over. This is the first time this facility has been brought directly into this community."

Partner organisations supporting the Autumn Safety Day include Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Trading Standards, Help The Aged, Aspire, Staffs Credit Union, Newcastle Under Lyme Borough Council Wardens and Audley Parish Council.

Admission to the event is free and light refreshments will be provided.