Electric Blanket Testing
The Council together with Trading Standards and Oxfordshire Fire Service carries out free safety checks every Autumn, for residents of West Oxfordshire as part of a countywide scheme.
The next safety checks for 2013.
To make an appointment Tel: 01993 861060
The test results for West Oxfordshire, for previous years, are shown in the table below.
Old or damaged blankets cause more than 5,000 fires a year; blankets more than 10 years old are responsible for 99% of these. Each year around 20 people are killed and 100 injured as a result of such fires. The danger signs are:
If your blanket is more than 10 years old, or showing signs of wear and tear, the best advice is to get a new one. When choosing a blanket, always buy new and look out for a European Certification Mark such as the new BEAB safety mark.
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