Warning on electric blanket dangers

Electric Blanket Safety Testing

A HOME safety roadshow and health fair for older people will take place on Tuesday November 26 2013 in Mahon’s Hotel, Irvinestown from 9.30am to 1pm.

Organised by the Western Home Environmental Assessment Project and funded by the Electrical Safety Council and the Big Lottery Fund’s Safe and Well Programme, the home safety roadshow and health fair will bring together a range of organisations to offer information and advice to older people on home safety and keeping well.

As part of the event, people are invited to bring their electric blanket for a free safety test. Anyone found to have a faulty electric blanket will be issued with a £10 voucher towards the purchase of a replacement blanket.


A maximum of 50 blankets can be tested on the day. The safety tests will be provided on a first come first served basis and should be booked in advance by telephoning The South West Age Partnership (SWAP).

“While electric blankets can provide comfort during the winter, a faulty electric blanket can prove lethal,” said Chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Councillor Alex Baird.

“Fermanagh District Council is delighted to bring this event to Irvinestown through the Western Home Environmental Assessment Project to help older people have a safer and more comfortable winter.”

Advice and information on falls prevention, domestic appliance electrical safety and the dangers associated with carbon monoxide, as well as a host of complementary therapy treatments, will also be available on the day.

Admission to the event is free, however due to the nature of the event places are limited and booking is essential. A hot lunch will be provided to those attending.

Please contact The South West Age Partnership on 028 8225 1824 to register attendance at the event or to book an electric blanket safety test.

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