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Testing time to keep warm.

PENSIONERS preparing to combat winter's chill got their electric blankets tested out at Rugby Library yesterday.

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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