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Shock over faulty electric blankets.

SHOCKED trading standards officers discovered 153 electric blankets out of 374 tested had potentially fatal faults.

Officers checked the safety of the blankets at venues across Walsall last month and discovered more than 40 per cent - most of them belonging to pensioners - were unsafe and dangerous. Among the faults detected included scorched fabric, exposed heating elements and damaged insulation.

Trading standards manager John Beavon said: "This season's electric blanket testing has undoubtedly saved the lives of people in Walsall and the results show the benefit of taking the initiative into our communities.

"Walsall Council is committed to keeping our citizens safe and secure.

"We are very concerned at the continual high failure rate and the very real dangers posed by unsafe blankets."

As part of the campaign to prevent tragedies, Walsall Council and West Midlands Fire Service worked together to provide the free safety check for Walsall residents. Representatives from trading standards and West Midlands Fire Service were on hand to provide free consumer protection and fire safety advice.

A voucher was provided to everyone whose blanket failed, giving money off a replacement blanket
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