Three of Wealden’s Community Fire Stations are opening their doors as Wealden District Council and the Safer Wealden Partnership team up to offer free electric blanket testing.
Sessions will be held at Uckfield, Crowborough and Heathfield Community Fire Stations in mid-October.
The initiative comes as East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service marks Ageing Safely Week and UK Older People’s Day this autumn. Run by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), Ageing Safely Week takes place from 29 September to 5 October 2014, with UK Older People’s Day on 1 October.
Statistics show that the risk of dying in a fire for those aged 65 and over is more than twice as high as the average risk for all ages. And with an ever-increasing older population – 23% of the UK will be aged 65 and over by 2035 – activities to help older people prevent fires and keep themselves safe are likely to form a growing part of the fire service’s work over the coming years.
Wealden Borough Commander Mani Gilbert-King said:
“We hope people will take full advantage of these free checks on electric blankets. As you would expect, we want people to be as safe as possible in their homes. Making sure electrical items are working properly is just part of that.
We can also carry out special home safety visits for people who may be at greater risk of fire. This could be because of factors such as smoking or a mobility issue. In certain circumstances we can even fit free smoke alarms. If you want to find out more you can get in touch with us.”
“Last year nearly 250 blankets were tested with nearly 40% failing! This shows that you can’t be too careful,” said Councillor Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety. “I highly recommend coming along to one of the blanket testing sessions – your safety is paramount! If you are unable to attend, contact our Community team and we will try to arrange for your blanket to be collected and tested.”
Home Safety Visits enquiries
Tel: 0800 177 7069
Electric blanket testing times and dates
Monday 13th October
- 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Forest Row Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row, RH18 5DZ
- 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Uckfield Community Fire Station, Bell View Road, Uckfield, TN22 1BA
Tuesday 14th October
- 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Wealden District Council Offices, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX
- 2.00pm to 4.00pm, St John’s Church Hall, St John’s Road, Polegate, BN26 5BX
Wednesday 15th October
- 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Crowborough Community Fire Station, Beacon Road, Crowborough, TN6 1AF
- 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Heathfield Community Fire Station, High Street, Heathfield,TN21 0UP
For further information about the electric blanket testing, please contact Community & Regeneration Team, Wealden District Council on 01892 602757