Nottinghamshire Residents Urged to Check Electric Blankets After Shocking Safety Event Results

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Residents of Nottinghamshire are being called to action following a startling revelation from a recent safety event hosted by the Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards. An alarming 68% of electric blankets tested during the event failed to meet basic safety standards, underscoring a critical public safety issue. Electric blankets, a common household item especially during colder months, have been identified as a significant fire risk when they are faulty or improperly used.

The council emphasizes the importance of regular checks for any signs of wear or damage that could lead to dangerous accidents. Key warning signs that your electric blanket may pose a fire risk include scorch marks, fraying fabric, exposed elements, creasing or folding, soiling, damp patches, damaged or missing tie tapes, worn flex, loose connections, and an outdated BEAB safety mark, indicating the blanket is over ten years old.

To mitigate the risk of fire in your home, it is advised that you have your electric blanket checked or replaced if any of these danger signs are present. Furthermore, residents are strongly advised against purchasing second-hand electric blankets due to the inherent safety risks. Instead, when buying a new electric blanket, look for items that display the British or European standard mark alongside a safety certification, ensuring the product meets the latest safety requirements.

This initiative is part of Nottinghamshire County Council’s ongoing efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of its residents by raising awareness of potential household hazards. By taking proactive steps to check and replace unsafe electric blankets, the community can work together to prevent fire-related accidents and ensure a safer home environment for everyone.