PENSIONERS in Northumberland are being urged to take advantage of free checks on their electric blankets so they can sleep safe and sound this winter.
The MOT-style checks are being carried out by county council trading standards officers in five different towns next month.
The initiative is being run in conjunction with Age Concern Northumberland, with help from the Northumberland fire and rescue service and Three Rivers Housing Association.
As well as having their blankets tested, pensioners can get other useful information about their consumer and legal rights. The testing days will be on Monday October 11 at Concordia Leisure Centre in Cramlington, Tuesday 12 at Lynemouth Resource Centre, Wednesday 13 at the County Blind Association HQ in Morpeth, Thursday 14 at the Age Concern premises in The Round House, Lintonville Parkway, Ashington, and Friday 15 at Blyth Sports Centre.
In the event of blankets failing the tests, brand new replacements will be available at a reduced cost. The funding for this is being provided by Age Concern.
Testing is by appointment only and can be booked by calling the council on 01670 534570 from September 27. Arrangements can be made to collect blankets for anyone who is housebound.