Free electric blanket tests

FREE electric blanket tests will be available in Bognor Regis next month.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service will carry out the checks on the winter warmers.

The session will take place from 9.30am-4.30pm on December 10 at the Laburnum Centre in Lyon Street.

They are by appointment only and should be booked on 01243 752404.

Derek Covill, the service’s community fire safety officer, said unsafe electric blankets caused about 1,000 fires each year around the country.

“Elderly people, who may feel the cold more keenly and rely on their blankets, can be particularly vulnerable,” he said.

He urged people to think of others, such as neighbours and relatives, who might use electric blankets and make sure they took advantage of the testing.

The firefighters will be joined at the testing by a range of partners to create a ‘one stop shop’ of advice and support services for older people and those who care for them.