FREE electric blanket testing returns to Wealden, visiting six different venues during the week starting October 10.
Similar sessions in 2010 found 38 per cent of blankets tested failed to meet safety standards, underlining the importance of the testing the devices.
The testing sessions also provide an opportunity to get friendly advice and information on home safety, house adaptations, pensions and benefits, home security and fire prevention.
Councillor Johanna Howell, Cabinet member for Community at Wealden District Council, said, “Over the past 10 years, there have been 27 serious house fires as a result of faulty electric blankets in East Sussex.
“Electric blankets provide a valuable means of keeping warm during autumn and winter, but it is important that they are regularly tested, particularly if the blankets are showing signs of wear or the material is fraying.
“If you have any concerns, I would urge you to go along to one of the sessions in your area.”
Sessions take place on Monday, October 10 from 9.30am to 11.30am at the Charles Hunt Centre in Hailsham and from 2pm to 4pm at the Polegate Community Centre, Polegate.
Wealden residents who would like their electric blankets tested but can’t attend the sessions should contact Sophie Hepworth on 443275 to find out if a collection service can be arranged.