Council warns to check heated blankets before winter

West Sussex County Council have offered residents to have their electric blankets tested for free ahead of this year's winter period.

Research suggests that faulty electric blankets account for around 1,000 fires each year - and the council say this can be prevented with regular testing.

Therefore, residents in the county are being invited to get their electric blankets tested by West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, to ensure that they are safe for use throughout the winter.

The events for the testing are as follows:

- Horsham Library on October 10

- Durrington Community Centre on October 11

- Bognor Fire Station on October 18

The offer comes following the news of the new energy price cap coming into effect from October this year - causing people up and down the country to be increasingly worried about not only paying bills, but getting through the cold winter months.

Nicki Peddle, Head of Prevention said: “With the rising costs of living we anticipate that more people will be dusting off their electric blankets to keep warm this winter as they tend to be cheaper than using central heating.

“Last year 33% of that blankets that we tested were deemed unsafe to use as they failed to meet safety standards, which posed a great fire risk.

“We’re keen to meet as many residents as possible to reduce the number of electrical fires within our county, so please book an appointment to get your electric blanket tested and meet our friendly team!”

Residents that are interested in booking are being advised to contact the council's Prevention Team. Their number can be found on West Sussex County Council's website.

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