NORTHUMBERLAND Trading Standards has issued a warning after a study of electric blankets revealed that more than half of those tested were potentially dangerous.
A specialist engineer carried out free safety checks on 209 of these blankets at six venues in the north of the county.
Half of those tested suffered from safety flaws or exceeded reasonable safety guidelines, making them potentially fatal.
Jimmy Power, Business and Consumer Protection Manager, said: “This figure proves that this type of check is obviously worthwhile and we are delighted to have been able to again offer this service to the public.
“If we have been able to protect at least one Northumberland pensioner from serious or life threatening injuries, then the events’ worth cannot be measured.”
The checks were jointly organised by the county council’s Trading Standards and Age UK Northumberland and representatives from Three Rivers Housing Association and Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service were in attendance at each venue.
Coun Anita Romer, Executive Member for Health and Public Protection, said: “Old electric blankets can be deadly. It is never worth putting your life at risk for the cost of an electric blanket, and you should never buy one that’s second hand.
“Our advice to people is if they are in any doubt about the condition of their blanket, then they should bin it. Blankets should be replaced at least every 10 years.”