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Electric Blankets

Free Electric Blanket Testing 2019

Bring your electric blanket along for a free safety check at any of the below events this autumn.

Wednesday 9th October 2019

  • 10.00am - 12.00pm - Lewes Fire Station - in the bays
  • 2.00pm - 4.00pm - Seaford Town Council Office -Council Chamber Room-

Thursday 10th October 2019

  • 10.00am - 12.00pm - Preston Circus Fire Station - Community Room (potential for bays)
  • 2.00pm - 4.00pm - Roedean Fire Station - in the bays-

Friday 11th October 2019

  • 10.00am - 3.00pm - Hove Town Hall -
    If you would like to bring your blanket to the Hove event, please call the Community Safety Team on 0800 177 7069 to book an appointment.
Have you asked a family member, friend, carer or neighbour if they are able to bring your electric blanket along for you, if you are unable to attend an event?

Monday 14th October 2019

  • 9am - 3.00pm - Bexhill Caring Community will be holding this event and appointments to be arranged prior to event by calling the Bexhill Caring Community on 01424 215116

Tuesday 15th October 2019

  • 10.00am - 12.00pm - Eastbourne Fire Station
  • 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St Johns Church Hall - Polegate

Wednesday 16th October 2019

  • 10.00am - 12.00pm - Hailsham Fire Station
  • 2.00pm - 4.00pm - Heathfield Fire Station

Thursday 17th October 2019

  • 10.00am - 12.00pm - Uckfield Fire Station
  • 2.00pm - 4.00pm - Crowborough Fire Station

Friday 18th October 2019

  • 10.00am - 12.00pm - Battle Fire Station
  • 2.00pm - 4.00pm - Bohemia Road Fire Station

Choosing your electric blanket

  • Buy your electric from a reliable source
  • Always buy new when choosing an electric blanket - secondhand blankets may not be safe and you can't be sure they meet current safety requirements.
  • Check that it has a UK safety standard mark, this means that is has been independently tested and meets UK and European safety standards. 

Look for these safety marks

UK safety standard marks
UK safety standard marks

Using your electric blanket

  • Always read and follow the manufacturer's instructions before use
  • Never use an electric underblanket as an overblanket (or vice versa)
  • Don't use the blanket while it's still folded or creased
  • Don't use a hot water bottle at the same time as using your electric blanket
  • Don't touch the blanket if you have wet hands or feet, and never use the blanket if it's wet or damp
  • Don't insert or use pins to hold the blanket in place on the bed 

Check your blanket regularly for signs of wear or damage

  • Are there any scorch marks or discoloured areas on the fabric of the blanket?
  • Are wires visible or poking through the fabric?
  • Is the fabric is frayed or worn?
  • Is there any damage to the power cable between the plug and the blanket's control or between the control and the blanket?
  • Does the control make a buzzing sound when switched on or gives off a scorching smell?
  • Is the blanket's connector - where the electrical cable plugs into the blanket - damaged or over-heating? 

If you're in any doubt about your blanket, contact the manufacturer before you use it to make sure that it is safe. It may need to be replaced.

Storing your electric blanket

Even when your blanket is not in use, you can leave it on the bed all year round or place it flat on a spare bed. 

If you put the blanket away, it should be stored as the manufacturer recommends or as follows:

  • Let it cool down before folding
  • Loosely fold or roll it in a towel or plastic bag and store it in a cool dry place
  • Don't use any moth-proofing like moth balls
  • Don't place heavy items on it while it is being stored
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