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Is your electric blanket safe to use

Residents in Swansea who like the warmth of an electric blanket at bedtime are being urged to get them tested to ensure they are safe.

Electric blanket testing

Trading Standards in Swansea Council has teamed up with Mid & West Wales Fire Service to organise a number of safety events in February.

At the events, owners of electric blankets can take them along and get them checked over by an expert to ensure they are not a fire risk.

Around 1,000 fires are caused each year in the UK by faulty electric blankets.

Similar events held previously have led to residents swapping their faulty blankets for new ones for free.

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Commercial Opportunities and Innovation, said: "I'd urge anyone with an electric blanket to go along and get it checked out by experts because it costs nothing and could potentially save lives, even if it's gone through similar checks previously.

"Many owners of electric blankets are elderly and it's important that we help give them piece of mind that the blankets they are using are safe and won't pose a fire risk."

Free electric blankets will be limited to one per household.

The events will take place on:

Monday 12 February at Sketty Fire Station, Sketty Lane from 9.30am until 12.30pm.

Tuesday 20 February at Morriston Fire Station, Sway Road from 9.30am until 12.30pm

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