FREE electric blanket tests are being offered to pensioners, but early booking is advised.
Northumberland County Council will carry out the testing later this month, including at Ponteland Fire Station on Tuesday, September 25.
During the events people can pick up information about consumer and legal rights and how to guard against unscrupulous doorstep traders, and arrangements can be made to collect blankets from anyone who is housebound.
Age UK Northumberland has provided funding to offer replacement blankets for any that fail the tests at a reduced cost.
However, the checks are by appointment only and numbers are limited. To reserve a place call 01670 623870.