Electric blankets on offer

Electric blankets on offer in Wolverhampton

Winter is coming and, for many people including the elderly, it can mean using an electric blanket to keep warm.

That’s why West Midlands Fire Service is teaming up with Age UK Wolverhampton, to stage a series of free electric blanket testing events.

The first will take place on Wednesday 28 November at Fallings Park fire station, Bushbury Road, from 10am to 2pm. Anyone over the age of 50 is invited to take along their electric blankets to be tested by qualified electricians. Any which fail will be repaired or replaced free of charge, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Fire crews will also be taking referrals for home safety checks, and giving safety tips. Age UK Wolverhampton staff will be on hand to provide information about staying warm during the colder months as part of their ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign

Electric blanket testing events are also planned for the Mander Centre on Wednesday 12 December, and Bilston town centre on Monday 17 December, both 10am-2pm.

Station Commander Mitch McKee, of Wolverhampton fire station, said: “Electric blankets aren’t as popular as they used to be, but they are still around. Older people are particularly at risk from the cold weather, and many will still have an electric blanket in their cupboard or on their bed.  We want to make sure those blankets don’t pose a fire risk and that people are safe.”

Maxine Wragg, Operations Manager for Age UK Wolverhampton, added: “Every year 26,000 people die needlessly during the winter because of the cold weather - and 90 per cent of them are older people.

“If anyone’s worried about how they or someone else can stay warm this winter, perhaps a relative, friend or neighbour, then Age UK Wolverhampton can offer help and support.”  

For more information, contact Age UK Wolverhampton on 01902-572060, e-mail mail@ageukwolves.org.uk, or visit www.ageukwolves.org.uk

Issued by Neil Spencer, Senior Media Relations Officer, West Midlands Fire Service, tel 0121 380 6101. Regular updates on incidents and other WMFS activities can be found on the media voicebank, tel 0871 550 0056. On Twitter we’re @WestMidsFire.

Press Release Date: 
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 13:30