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City Pensioners Warned Over Blanket Risk

Pensioners in Coventry are being urged to have their electric blankets tested before the onset of winter.

Free sessions running throughout next week have been organised by Trading Standards Officers, West Midlands Fire Service and Age Concern.

People whose blankets fail the test will be given a £5 voucher towards a replacement.

The tests will be carried out at Radford Fire Station in Radford Road. Visitors must make an appointment in advance by calling 024 7623 1999.

People registered with Ring and Ride will be able to get transport to the fire station as a special service is being run for the duration of the tests.

The initiative is being held to help reduce injuries to older people more vulnerable to accidents involving blankets. More than 800 people a year are hurt in fires caused by faulty electric blankets.

Coventry’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Sheila Collins, said:

“Following the great success of last year’s event, this provides another excellent opportunity for pensioners to have their electric blankets checked free of charge, before the winter months set in and their usage greatly increases.

“A quick check now could help reduce the risk of injury or a household fire, so I would urge anyone with an electric blanket to book their appointment now.”

Derek Mcateer, West Midlands Fire Service Community Relations Officer, added;

“We are very proud to be working alongside all the other organisations involved to provide this very important service.

Lynette Clarke, Assistant Director of Age Concern Coventry, said:

“Keeping warm is vital to older people, but many use electric blankets for years without realising they need to be tested for safety.

”Often people who are aware of the need to test are discouraged due to the cost.”
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