Warning about danger of electric blankets

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NEARLY half of electric blankets tested before Christmas were found to be faulty, according to Portsmouth City Council.

Events held by the council’s Trading Standards team encouraged people to bring their electric blankets to be checked by safety engineers.

Results showed that 45 per cent of the blankets tested were faulty. Owners are urged to check their blankets for warning signs of a fault, such as fraying fabric, scorch marks and loose connections.

Councillor Eleanor Scott, cabinet member for environment and community safety, said: ‘The public really welcomed these free safety checks, and we saw residents bring along their electric blankets to test for faults. The results were surprising.

‘It could put your life, or the life of a loved one in danger, so please ensure your electric blankets are safe to use.’