FREE safety tests checks are set to be carried out on electric blankets.

Tests will be held at Whitchurch and Oswestry fire stations on September 26.

Fire safety officer Alison Teece said: "The tests are completely free of charge and we would encourage people to get their electric blankets tested.

"Some electric blankets can pose a serious fire safety risk. An electric blanket may look to be in good condition but damage can be hidden inside and that damage can cause a blanket to catch fire."

The fire service will be assisted by RMW Electrical of Shrewsbury.

To arrange for a blanket to be tested, call Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Shrewsbury headquarters 01743 260 200 from September 17 to 21.

“To avoid disappointment please book as soon as possible as there are only limited places available,” Ms Teece added.

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