Fire and Rescue service to carry out safety testing in Edzell

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is set to carry out electric blanket testing in Edzell on Tuesday, March 25, it has been revealed.

The testing is a result of a grant awarded to SFRS from the Electrical Safety Council, which has been used to purchase electric blankets and individually switched extension sockets.

SFRS in partnership with Angus Care and Repair will be testing electric blankets for safety and peace of mind at Inglis Court in Edzell from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 25.

A spokesperson for SFRS said: “If the blanket should fail we will offer a replacement. It is recommended that blankets are tested annually from three years old onwards and replaced at 10 years old.”

Police Scotland and Angus Trading Standards will also be at the event to answer any questions from the public.

Switched extension sockets have also been purchased and will be exchanged on a one for one basis with the older block style adaptors. These can be fused or unfused and have been known to overload the household socket they are plugged into.

Individual switching allows turning off appliances, as part of a safe bedtime routine, in line with Scottish Fire and Rescue advice.

Scottish Fire and Rescue and Angus Care and Repair are keen to make Angus residents aware of potential hazards in order to keep people safe in their own home.

A Home Fire Safety Visit from Scottish Fire and Rescue can be arranged by calling 0800 0731 999, or texting “check” to 61611, or filling in an online referral.

Alternatively Angus Care and Repair can carry out a Home Safety check which is a room to room assessment in your home to establish any hazards or risks in the home.

This service is available to over-65s or disabled people in Angus. Contact Angus Care and Repair on 01307 463232 or email enquiries@anguscareandrepair.org to arrange.