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Electric blanket testing

We carry out free electric blanket safety checks for West Oxfordshire residents as part of a countywide scheme which involves Trading Standards and Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The next electric blanket testing will be in October 2019 and you should be able to book a slot from July.

Safety check appointments must be pre-booked and are done on a first-come, first served basis. To book call 01993 861000.

Reasons for testing electric blankets

Old or damaged blankets cause more than 5,000 fires a year with blankets over 10 years old causing 99% of these fires. Each year about 20 people are killed and 100 injured in these fires. The danger signs are:

  • Worn or frayed fabric
  • Scorch marks
  • Tie tapes (if originally fitted) damaged or missing
  • Worn or damaged flex
  • Loose electrical connections
  • Damaged or displaced heating wires - hold the blanket up to the light to check    

If your electric blanket is more than 10 years old or showing signs of wear and tear, the best advice is to get a new one. When buying a new electric blanket:

  • always buy new
  • look out for a European Certification Mark such as the new BEAB safety mark.

Electric blanket test results

The test results for previous year's electric blanket testing in West Oxfordshire are shown in the table below.

Year Tested Passed Repaired Failed % failed
2014 191 157 0 34 18%
2015 169 138 0 31 19%
2016 178 144 0 34 19%
2017 197 147 0 50 25%
2018 184 155 0 29 16%

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