FREE electric blanket testing is being offered to residents to help them keep safe and warm this winter.
Trading standards chiefs have joined forces with Tyne and Wear Metrology Laboratory to carry out the blanket MoTs.
Anyone wanting to take advantage of the offer is asked to drop off their blankets, including leads, controls and plugs, at South Shields Town Hall on Monday or Tuesday.
Coun Gibson said: “Winter is almost upon us with the nights getting colder, so people will be dusting off their electric blankets to keep warm and cosy.
“While most will still be perfectly safe, some may have dangerous faults. Last year, almost one in 10 failed the test, with common faults mainly due to the age of the blanket. I’d urge people to take advantage of this free offer so they can be safe, have peace of mind and be warm this winter.”
Blanket checks will be carried out on Wednesday with residents being able to collect them on Thursday or Friday.
Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety, said: “The important work delivered by the council’s trading standards service includes the investigation of safety complaints.
“Like most products, electric blankets have to comply with strict safety standards when they are sold to consumers. But with most appliances they do wear with age and can become damaged.
“If people are in doubt about their blanket, or require reassurance then we’d advise them to bring it along to be tested.”
Contact the trading standards team on 424 7887, press option 2.