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Electric blanket safety testing

10 October 2019

Jersey Fire and Rescue Service (JFRS) will again be supporting Jersey Electricity’s (JEC) Annual Electric Blanket Safety Test at the Western Fire Station, St Brelade, on Tuesday and Wednesday 15 and 16 October 2019.

The free tests are part of a joint drive by the JFRS and JEC to reduce the risk of fires caused by electrical faults.

Anyone who has an electric blanket is invited to take advantage of a free safety test by the JEC’s electrical engineers to ensure it is in a safe condition to use.

Simply take your electric blanket along to Western Fire Station between 9:00 and 15:00 on Tuesday 15 or Wednesday 16 October. JEC staff will take your details and if it can’t be tested on the spot while you wait they will tell you what time you can collect it if it passes the test.

If your blanket fails the safety test, the JEC will keep and dispose of it, and in return you will receive a Powerhouse 10% discount voucher which can be redeemed against the purchase of a new one.

Watch Commander, Mark Bailey-Walker commented: “The Jersey Fire and Rescue Service recommend that electric blankets should be serviced once a year and that all items over 10 years old should be replaced. Electric blankets should also conform to the British Standard and carry the new style kite mark or current European Standard mark.”

For this reason, JEC staff will not accept any blankets over 10 years old. A Powerhouse 10% discount voucher will, however, be given to you in return for your old electric blanket.

A Community Fire Safety Officer will be on hand throughout the testing periods to offer advice on fire safety in the home.

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