We’re being encouraged to get our electric blankets tested in Eastbourne and Polegate.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is holding free testing events later this month, where we can also get advice and information on home safety, home security, fire prevention and other services available.
If you have had an electric blanket for a number of years or it is showing signs of age, such as frayed material, don’t compromise on your own safety, take it along for a free check-up and reduce any risk from fire.
Community Safety Team Leader, Steve Wright, said, “In the colder weather we all need extra heat to keep warm and with autumn now here, we want to ensure that the public are kept safe when using electric blankets.
“Any electrical appliances, plugs and cables that are not maintained properly or poorly wired can be a real danger and just because you can’t see a flame does not mean there's no risk to you from fire.
“We are asking if a family member, friend, carer or neighbour can bring the electric blanket along to be tested on someone’s behalf if they are unable to get to an event.”
Testing events are being held on Monday 25 September at Eastbourne Fire Station in Whitley Road between 10am-12noon and at St John’s Church Hall in Polegate between 2-4pm.