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Free Electric Blanket Testing For Borough Residents

Winter may be the last thing on everyone's mind with the current heat wave, but for South Tyneside Council's Trading Standards department it's time to think of electric blankets!

In conjunction with Age Concern, the Trading Standards Department is again offering residents of the Borough the opportunity to get their electric blankets tested free of charge as in previous years. However, the service was only offered to residents over the age of 50, but this year anyone can come along.

Councillor Peter Boyack, Lead Member for Neighbourhood Services said: "We are urging people to get their electric blankets tested as even those that appear safe may have problems. Last year, out of the 110 blankets tested, 29 were found to have faults that could be easily fixed, but three were found to be so dangerous they had to be destroyed."

This year the blankets will be tested by G.E.M.S. (SW) Ltd, who will carry out minor repairs to the blankets such as replacing fuses or plugs. Also, in conjunction with a major manufacturer, G.E.M.S. (SW) Ltd will provide discount vouchers to people who's blankets fail the test so they can get a new one at a reduced price.

The testing is being carried out between 9.30am and 3pm from Monday1st September to Friday 5th September at the Consumer Advice Centre in the Central Library, South Shields. Blankets can be taken into this centre or taken to the Age Concern Day Centre at Palmers Community Hospital, Jarrow, where they will be brought to South Shields for testing.

For further information please call 427 8525.


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