During the 9th and 18th October, East Sussex Fire and Rescue held electric blanket testing events across East Sussex. We carried out tests on 562 electric blankets and heat pads. 155 blankets failed and there was also a rise in blankets which were repaired this year, usually where incorrect fuses had been put in the plug. We were able to dispose of 27% of the blankets tested, ensuring people did not take these home to continue using them unsafely. During the event, we also booked in 100 home safety visits.
For useful hints and tips on how to choose, use and store your electric blanket visit: www.esfrs.org/your-safety/safer-homes/electric-blankets/
Home Safety Visits
Did you know that we offer free Home Safety Visits to everyone in East Sussex? To find out about our Home Safety Visit and how you can book in a Home Safety Visit, go to www.esfrs.org/your-safety/home-safety-visits/