Keeping warm could be costly if you fail to get your electric blankets checked

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Working in partnership with Fife Community Safety

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March sees the start of Fife Community Safety Partnership’s 2016 electric blanket testing project.

Before you put those electric blankets away for the spring, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is issuing a timely reminder to our communities in Fife to have their electric blankets tested.

SFRS is teaming up with Fife Council’s Trading Standards and Fife Cares to host a series of electric blanket testing events to ensure people sleep safely in their beds.

The first testing event will be 9 March in The Corn Exchange, St Catherine Street, Cupar from 10am - 2pm. Regular events will then be held in community halls across Fife until November. 

Anyone wishing to have their blanket checked should turn up on the day and their old blanket will be tested. If a fault is found they will be offered an exchange.

Station Manager Stevie Michie from Scottish Fire and Rescue’s prevention and protection department said: “Old and damaged electric blankets cause many house fires each year and could be prevented by having a simple inspection and electrical test carried out at one of our events.

"One of the main reasons older blankets can be unsafe is that they don’t have overheat protection found in newer blankets. This safety system cuts power to the blanket in the event of a malfunction reducing the risk of it catching fire. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to see if your blanket meets the current safety standards and if in any doubt, bring it along for testing”.

Dawn Adamson, Lead Trading Standards officer explains, “In 2015, 47 per cent of the electric blankets we tested were unsafe to use. I would urge people to get their blankets tested this year. It’s free, each blanket only takes a few minutes to test, but will give you peace of mind when using them.

Dawn continues, “At these events you will also have the opportunity change your block adapter. Using a bar adapter on a lead can be safer; however, care should be taken not to overload the total current rating of any adapter. If you use a block type adapter bring it along and we’ll swap it for a 4 way bar adapter”.

Electric blankets should be tested every two years once the guarantee has expired to ensure they are safe to use. Every blanket will be tested to ensure that it has passed the required test.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service hopes local people will come along and support this important initiative, which in turn will assist in making Fife communities safer places to live.

To find out more and an event near you visit www.fifedirect.org.uk/electricblankets

Date

Time

Venue

Wed 9th March

10.00 – 14.00

Corn Exchange, St Catherine Street, Cupar, KY15 4BT

Thurs 17th March

10.00 – 14.00

Lomond Centre, Woodside Way, Glenrothes, KY7 5RA

Thurs 24th March

10.00 – 12.00

Tayside Institute, 90-92 High Street, Newburgh, KY14 6DA

Wed 13th April

11.00 – 13.00

Community Centre, Station Road, Oakley, KY12 9QF

Thurs 21st April

10.00 – 12.00

Caledonia Sheltered Housing, The Maltings, Ladybank, KY15 7JR

Tues 6th Sep

10.00 – 13.00

Parkgate Community Centre, Parkgate, Rosyth, KY11 2JW

Thurs 15th Sep

10.00 – 14.00

Victory Memorial Hall, St Mary’s Place, St Andrews, KY16 9UY

Wed 21st Sep

10.00 – 14.00

Templehall Community Centre, Beauly Place, Kirkcaldy, KY2 6EX

Wed 28th Sep

10.00 – 12.00

Civic Centre, 10 Queen Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1PA

Wed 5th Oct

11.00 – 14.00

East Neuk Centre, Ladywalk, Anstruther, KY10 3EX

Wed 2nd Nov

10.00 – 14.00

Balmaise Community Centre, Linnwood Drive, Leven, KY8 5AE

Tues 8th Nov

10.00 – 12.00

Lochgelly Centre, Bank Street, Lochgelly, KY5 9RD

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