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Trading Standards find purr-fect use for faulty electric blankets

Rescue cats will be left 'feline' warm and cosy following free safety checks to electric blankets for older and disabled people in Newark and Hucknall in Nottinghamshire at the end of February.
 
Anyone attending the event whose electric blanket is found to be unsafe will have the chance to swap it free of charge for a brand new electric blanket or discount vouchers for a replacement.
 
All faulty blankets collected will have cables removed, made safe and donated to two Notts Cat Rescue centres to use as bedding for abandoned cats.
 
At four similar recent events in Nottinghamshire, six in every ten of the 200 blankets tested were found to be faulty and potentially dangerous.
 
The testing events are part of the County Council's Keep Warm this Winter campaign, which aims to cut winter deaths.
 
Faulty electric blankets have directly caused nine house fires in Nottinghamshire since April 2009, all of which could have been prevented.

Trading standards across the country hold electric blanket testing events - contact your local council to find out dates near you.