ELECTRIC blanket users in Redditch can take their blankets along to be safety checked at a multi-agency event.

The safety testing session will take place at Redditch Town Hall in Walter Stranz Square, Redditch, between 10am-1pm on Thursday, March 7, as part of the Showcase of Services for Older People.

Caroline Webster, Community Safety Advisor with Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We’ve been working with Age UK to offer free electric blanket testing across Worcestershire this winter and a significant number of the blankets tested to date have failed the safety checks.

“We would therefore urge people in Redditch, particularly older residents, to book now so that they can be sure their own electric blankets are safe to use.”

Replacements for any blankets found to be defective will be offered during the session, one per household subject to availability.

Electric blanket users unable to make the testing session are encouraged to take a few moments to inspect their own blankets, discontinuing use if they notice any signs of wear and tear, particularly any worn leads, scorch marks or creasing and folding.

To book a free blanket test at Redditch Town Hall, make an appointment by calling 01562 512612 or drop by on the day if you are prepared to wait.