VIDEO: Fire safety testing for Winter

THE FIRE brigade was testing electric blankets in Chichester yesterday and urging people to ensure they are safe.

Jackie Boyle, community fire safety officer for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Electric blanket fires may not be the most common incident we attend, but nationally, there are around 1000 fires each year caused by unsafe blankets and sadly, many people are injured and some even killed.

Clive Macdonald, MD of G.E.M.S shows fire officer Derek Covill how to test the blankets

Clive Macdonald, MD of G.E.M.S shows fire officer Derek Covill how to test the blankets

“It is often our older or more vulnerable residents who use electric blankets. Even if you don’t use an electric blanket yourself, please consider neighbours or relatives who do.

“Just because someone has been using an electric blanket for many years without a problem it doesn’t mean that it’s safe.

“We would certainly recommend replacing any blanket over 10 years old.

“We’ve doubled the number of testing events we’re holding this year, so we are really urging people to take up the offer of a free test and give them and their families the peace of mind of knowing their blanket is safe and that they will be sleeping more safely at night.”

Electric blankets are also being tested today (October 22) in Bognor Regis at the Laburnum Centre, in Lyon Street, and in Midhurst on Thursday at The Grange, in Bepton Road.

To book an appointment call 01243 642124 For more information on the safe use and storage of electric blankets.

For more information visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire