Electric blanket safety check in Portaferry

blankets-tested-2014_1000x600_50_10Date Wednesday 14th October 2015
Start Time 10:00am End Time 4:00pm
Location Portaferry, County Down

As winter approaches, sometimes we’ll use an electric blanket to keep us warm at night. Electric blankets don’t last forever and may need to be checked every year.

Free safety checks

Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Environmental Health Office invite the public to have their electric blankets tested for free at Portaferry Market House from 10:00am – 4:00pm on Wednesday 14 October 2015.  You need to book in advance by telephoning the Environmental Health Office. 

You can wait and have a cup of tea as your blanket is tested or leave the blanket for testing and return to collect it before 4:00pm.  If you live in Ards and North Down and don’t have transport, Environmental Health officers can arrange to collect blankets for testing from your home.

Unsafe features on an electric blanket

When moving or transporting an electric blanket, roll it up carefully but don’t fold it.  Signs that an electric blanket needs to be checked or replaced include:

•           fabric is worn or frayed

•           scorch marks 

•           original tie-tapes are damaged or missing

•           flex is worn or damaged

•           plug or control connections are loose

•           damaged or displaced heating wires. To check, hold the blanket up to the blanket up to the light. The wires should be evenly spaced and should not touch each other anywhere.

For further information, contact the Environmental Health Office.
Telephone: 028 9127 1968.