Firefighters are urging residents in West Sussex to take up a free electric blanket test to help them stay safe from fire.
These tests come after a man was killed in April this year in a fire caused by an electric blanket.
The sessions, running throughout October, aim to warn residents of the potential dangers of electric blankets.
The free tests will be available at fire stations and other selected venues across the county from Tuesday, October 4 to Thursday, October 27.
This year, the testing sessions are supported by Dreamland’s who are offering a 25% discount off the recommended retail price on their heated blankets presented at the events, to replace electric blankets found to be a potential fire risk.
Jackie Boyle, community fire safety manager for West Sussex fire and rescue service, said: “Last year, we tested 375 electric blankets and more than a third carried a potential fire risk. Such a high proportion really highlights the value of getting them checked regularly.
“Sadly, in April this year, a man in his 70s from Littlehampton died as a result of a fire started by an electric blanket. The elderly can be especially vulnerable, which is why we’re urging people to take the free test.”
Jacqueline Townson, marketing manager at Dreamland added: “All Dreamland blankets come with our patented sleep guardian total safety system, which offers ten specialist safety features for total peace of mind, and a three year UK guarantee.
“We are delighted to offer a 25 percent discount and free delivery on our blankets featured at the events through October, and would encourage all West Sussex residents to take up the free safety testing service.”
Booking is by appointment only on a first come first served basis, please call 0845 872 9719 to find your nearest venue.
For information on the safe use of electric blankets, please visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire
Information on heated blankets from Dreamland’s can be found at www.dreamlanduk.co.uk.
Testing dates and venues:
Tuesday, October 4 - Age UK, 1 Town Barn Rd, West Green, Crawley
Wednesday, October 5 - Lavinia House, Dukes Square, Horsham
Thursday, October 6 - Fire Station, School Hill, Storrington
Tuesday, October 11 - Fire Station, Mill Green Road, Haywards Heath
Wednesday, October 12 - Town Hall Chamber, 96 Church Walk, Burgess Hill
Thursday, October 13 - Fire Station, Stoney Lane, Shoreham-By-Sea
Tuesday, October 18 – Fire Station, West Meads Drive, Bognor
Wednesday, October 19 - Fire Station, New Road, Midhurst
Thursday, October 20 - Lacy House, Stockbridge Road, Chichester
Tuesday, October 25 - Fire Station, 49 Ford Road, Arundel
Wednesday, October 26 - Fire Station, North Lane, East Preston
Thursday, October 27 - Oak Room, Field Place, The Boulevard, Worthing
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