Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Free electric blankets at Golden Age event

Pensioners can exchange faulty electric blankets for new ones at a multi-agency event on Friday (30) in Cambridge.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) has teamed up with Age UK Cambridgeshire to run the winter safety Golden Age event from 10.30am until 3pm at Cambridge's Parkside Place Community Fire and Rescue Station.

Residents aged 60 or over can take advantage of the offer. Pensioners are encouraged to bring their old electric blankets along to be tested to check it is safe and any electrical blanket that fails will be disposed of in exchange for a new one.

To book an appointment to have your blanket tested please call 01354 696650.

Wendy Coleman, Community Risk Manager at CFRS, said: "As temperatures threaten to drop in the remaining winter months, many residents will be dusting off electric blankets to stay warm at night. However, electric blankets contain heating elements that can be dangerous if broken or allowed to overheat.

"We're keen to support this scheme as it is a great opportunity for residents to be safe and get expert fire prevention advice. Our staff will be on hand to provide tips to residents about electric blankets."

Faulty electric blankets are a significant fire risk, with more than 70 per cent failing safety checks at previous electrical testing events.

Representatives from Age UK Cambridgeshire will also be at the event to offer advice and information about free energy efficiency assessments.