Free safety check for electric blankets

People can make an appointment by telephoning (020) 8871 7735 or by emailing People using email need to also provide their telephone number.

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Residents who use an electric blanket can have them tested at a free safety check up

organised by the council and the local fire brigade.

Electric blanket clinics will be held at Wandsworth fire station in West Hill on Wednesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 20.

People who use an electric blanket are being urged to have them checked. The fire brigade says faulty ones cause around 5,000 fires every year.

Chief trading standards officer Les Eames said: “These checks are carried out very quickly and they are free of charge. I would urge anyone who uses an electric blanket to have it tested. It could save your life.”

October 13, 2005