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Warming up for Winter - get your electric blanket tested

Hampshire council is offering people the chance to get their electric blankets checked for safety.

The County Council’s Trading Standards Service has teamed up with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and local councils to offer the free safety checks at venues across the county in October 2012.

In the last 15 years alone, almost 15,000 blankets have been tested in Hampshire with approximately 45% of these failing the safety checks.

The main problems are that many are old, worn out, have poor wiring, broken controls or offer no protection against over-heating.

Details of when and where the testing will take place can be found on Hampshire's Trading Standards website.