FAULTS were found in one in three electric blankets safety-tested in Warwickshire.
More than 350 tests – on 288 blankets and 63 small electrical devices – were carried out across the county by trading standards working with an electrical engineer.
As well as faults found with a third of the blankets, on in four of the electrical items were also potentially dangerous.
Problems identified included faulty switches or damage to internal wiring, while others were the subject of product recalls, and some were so old they did not have any overheat protection designed to stop them catching fire if a fault developed.
Warwickshire County Council safety spokesman Howard Roberts said: “Faulty electrical devices are a contributory factor in many house fires and I’m pleased that through this service we have been able to both give residents confidence that their appliances are safe and remove unsafe electrical products from people’s homes.”
The electric blanket testing campaign has finished but owners are urged to check the safety of their own blankets by looking for warning signs, including signs fabric is worn or frayed, scorch marks, damaged or missing tie tapes are damaged, worn flex, and loose connections.
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk for further details.