OFT offers Free Electric Blanket Testing
The Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading is pleased to announce that it is again offering free electric blanket testing.
This year the Office will be conducting the blanket testing at the “Supporting Older People in Mann” exhibition at the Villa Marina, Douglas on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September as well as at the Castletown Fire Station on Wednesday 19th September and Ramsey Fire Station on Thursday 20th September. As the testing is by appointment anyone wishing to have their blanket tested should contact the Office on 686502.
The latest statistics show that between 10 and 20 people are killed and around 190 people injured in the UK per year by fires caused by old and faulty electric blankets. Since the Office first began testing sessions in 2000 around 1500 blankets have been tested. There has been a consistently high failure rate of approaching 50% proving that there are significant numbers of dangerous blankets in homes across the Island. A further 5% have been found to have dangerous faults which the specialist engineer was able to repair on the day at no cost to the owners. Discounts on replacement blankets will again be offered to those whose blankets fail the test.
The Fire Service will also take the opportunity to promote it’s free smoke detector service to those over 60 at the testing sessions.
Commenting on the electric blanket testing Mr Quintin Gill, MHK, Chairman of the Office said “Last year we had nearly two hundred and sixty blankets tested and around half of those tested failed due to serious faults which made the blankets a fire hazard. I urge everyone who uses a blanket or even has one in storage which may be used at a later date to make an appointment for testing. In this case it’s certainly better to be safe than sorry”.