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Electric blankets

Free testing of electric blankets.

Each October the Fire and Rescue Service, Trading Standards and partners offer free testing for electric blankets at locations throughout Oxfordshire to help ensure county residents have a safe and warm winter.

2017 schedule

  • Monday 2 October - Oxford
  • Tuesday 3 October - Banbury
  • Wednesday 4 October - Witney
  • Thursday 5 October - Wallingford
  • Friday 6 October - Abingdon
  • Monday 16 October Oxford
  • Tuesday 17 October - Bicester
  • Wednesday 18 October - Chipping Norton
  • Thursday 19 October - Thame
  • Friday 20 October - Wantage

Booking information

To book your safety check appointment call 01865 898642 or email communityengagement@oxfordshire.gov.uk

(Pre-booked appointments only on a strictly first come, first served basis)

Watch a YouTube video showing the Rotary Club in Witney hosting an electric blanket testing event.

Faulty electric blankets can cause electric shocks, electrical burns, which can cause permanent damage to skin, or fires, which can result in extensive damage or even fatalities. In recent years tests found that a third or more of blankets did not meet strict safety requirements.

Signs that electric blankets are hazardous

  • if they are over ten years old and don't have safety features built into the controller
  • leakage of voltage to the surface of the blanket
  • the elements are able to move around inside the blanket with the potential to rub together and cause a short circuit
  • elements not being secured within the blanket and exposed to the surface
  • power lead fasteners broken are unable to be secured
  • the surface of the blanket is worn, exposing the elements.

The advice is part of 365alive, an Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service initiative designed to raise awareness and a safer community via messaging and education.

Last reviewed
05 July 2017

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