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Is your electric blanket safe?

As the nights are turning colder the Trading Standards Institute is urging householders to get their electric blankets tested before switching them on.
Like every year trading standards services up and down the country are offering free testing in the autumn months - a high proportion of often up to 40 per cent fail the checks.
An old or damaged electric blanket can cause fires, burns and electric shocks that could be fatal.
Contact your local council for to find out dates and venues for testing in your area.