Cleethorpes’ Memorial Hall was the scene of a Trading Standards initiative recently, where elderly people were invited to bring their electric blankets in to be checked by electricians from a local company. The idea was to make sure the blankets were safe to use, as they were all put through a selection of in-depth tests to determine their reliability.
Approximately 25% of those who brought their blanket in to be checked found they had an unsafe electric blanket. This is actually slightly higher than the figure gleaned from the same event when it took place last year. In that case some 22% of the blankets that were examined failed to go through the checks. Thanks to the involvement of Age UK, these individuals were offered an opportunity to purchase a brand new blanket for a much smaller amount of money than would usually be the case.
Some of the problems that can occur with an unsafe electric blanket include electrical connections that are loose, control units that have one or more faults in the wiring and blankets that have no protection for overheating built into the design.
What could happen if an electric blanket was unsafe to use?
An electric blanket is designed to warm a bed before someone gets into it. In some cases they can be left on all night on low, although this depends on the individual blanket. If a particular blanket is unsafe to use it can result in a fire risk. Every year there are instances where an electric blanket is found to have caused a fire. In some cases this can result in injuries or even fatalities, and at best it can cause a lot of damage to a room or property.
Could you have cause to bring a no win, no fee* claim?
If you have purchased an electric blanket that is found to be unsafe, or you have been injured in a fire or other incident involving an electric blanket, there may be cause to determine whether there was evidence of negligence present in the situation. Every case is different, which is why we encourage individuals to get in touch with us at Accident Advice Helpline now. Our 30-second online test can help you see whether you can bring a no win, no fee* claim in the right circumstances.