Admin Note: Posted on behalf of Fife Cares from the Summer Edition newsletter.

March saw the start of Fife Community Safety Partnership’s 2015 electric blanket testing project. The partners in the project – Fife Council’s Protective Services; the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service; and Fife Community Safety Partnership – aim to reduce the number of house fires and resulting injuries caused by faulty electric blankets.

48% of the electric blankets tested in last year’s Fife project failed safety checks. The project is open to all members of the community and there is no limit on the number of blankets tested per person. It’s free, each blanket only takes a few minutes to test, but gives extra peace of mind that they will be safe when using them.

A block adapter exchange scheme is included in this year’s project. If a block adaptor is used with a number of plugs, the angle and weight can increase the stress on the socket. Combined with the potential excess heat of multiple plugs, the adaptor could be a fire hazard. It’s safer to use a bar adaptor on a lead, however, care should be taken to never overload the total current rating of any adaptor.

Events are planned in community halls across Fife until October:

  • 3rd September Ladybank, Caledonia Sheltered Housing, The Maltings 10am – 1pm
  • 9th September Dunfermline, Baldridgeburn Community Centre 10am – 2pm
  • 16th September Kirkcaldy, Templehall Community Centre 10am – 2pm
  • 22nd September Lochgelly, Lochgelly Centre 10am – 1pm
  • 29th September Inverkeithing, Civic Centre 10am – 1pm
  • 7th October Anstruther, East Neuk Centre 11am – 2pm

For further information, or to find an event that suits you visit www.fifedirect.org.uk/electricblankets.

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