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Beware deadly blankets.

PEOPLE on Merseyside are at serious risk from faulty electric blankets, fire chiefs have warned.

Research shows 99% of electric blanket fires are caused by unsafe blankets more than 10 years old.

As winter approaches, the fire service is urging the elderly to have their blankets checked out under a new scheme.

Free new blankets will replace unsafe old ones.

Divisional Officer Paul Joy from Merseyside Fire Service said: "Every year there are fires caused by faulty electric blankets.

"In the last couple of years four people have lost their lives and all were over the age of 70."

For a free safety check call freephone 0800 587 2361 or 0800 587 2362.

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DANGER: Divisional officer Paul Joy with a burned electric blanket
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 5, 2001
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