Testing time to keep warm.
Dozens of elderly people went along to the library, where Warwickshire trading standards experts were conducting free tests.
Warwickshire trading standards director Noel Hunter said: "Unsafe electric blankets are the cause of many house fires each year and can often lead to death or serious injury.
"Elderly people are particularly at risk, making up a large percentage of reported deaths.
"We are determined to rid Warwickshire of dangerous and unsafe blankets."
Pensioners with faulty blankets were encouraged to hand them over and were given a voucher towards the cost of a new one.
Statistics show that more than 800 people are injured each year in fires involving electric blankets.
BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY: Advice officer Cindy Smith and information officer Pat Whorton at the electric blanket testing day. Picture: JOE BAILEY
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Nov 12, 2002|
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