RESIDENTS are urged to get their electric blankets tested before they use them this winter.
With the cost-of-living crisis leading to people struggling to heat their homes, people may turn to electric blankets to keep warm.
And as a result, electric blanket testing events are taking place at fire stations throughout Warwickshire free of charge.
There will be a testing event at Leamington Fire Station on Wednesday (November 22), another at Stratford Fire Station on Thursday (November 23) and Alcester Fire Station will be hosting a session on Friday (November 24).
All sessions run from 10am to 4pm.
To book a slot in advance call 02476 314376.
Warwickshire County Council’s community safety spokesperson Andy Crump said: “As we head into winter, we know that people will begin to dig out their electric blankets as they look to stay warm in the colder temperatures, particularly as the cost of living makes it harder for them to heat their homes.
“However, these blankets may be several years old and be stored away for a while, so it’s important that they are checked over to ensure they’re safe. Old electric blankets are much more likely to develop faults that can lead to fires. Any signs of wear and tear or damage to the electrical plugs and cables can be a real danger.
“We want to help reduce any risk from fire and keep you safe in your homes this winter.”