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Electric blanket testing

Free electric blanket testing is offered over a two week period during October different locations around the county. 

Book your electric blanket in for a free check

You will need to book a safety checks as they are by appointment only on a strictly first come first served basis. To book your safety check appointment call 01865 898642 or email: communityengagement@oxfordshire.gov.uk

  • Oxford - Monday 2 October
  • Banbury - Tuesday 3 October
  • Witney - Wednesday 4 October
  • Wallingford - Thursday 5 October 
  • Abingdon - Friday 6 October
  • Oxford - Monday 16 October
  • Bicester - Tuesday 17 October
  • Chipping Norton - Wednesday 18 October
  • Thame - Thursday 19 October 
  • Wantage - Friday 20 October 

Why do electric blankets fail their test?

  • Because they were over 10 years old and had no safety features built into the controller.
  • Because of a leakage of voltage to the surface of the blanket.
  • The elements were able to move around inside the blanket with the potential to rub together and cause a short circuit.
  • Elements were not secured within the blanket and were exposed to the surface.
  • Power lead fasteners were broken and unable to be secured.
  • The surface of the blanket was worn, exposing the elements.

If you're unable to make these dates

If you are unable to get your electric blanket tested at one of our venues please check for wear and tear and frayed wires before using it this winter. If it is over ten years old we strongly recommend that you replace the blanket.

Electric blanket testing results

In 2016 21% of blankets failed the test.

Year Number Tested Number Failed % Failures
1999 913 346 38%
2000 805 378 47%
2001 793 325 41%
2002 951 338 36%
2003 846 333 39%
2004 708 225 32%
2005 689 239 35%
2006 787 315 40%
2007 678 241 36%
2008 827 243 29%
2009 1,040 357 31%
2010 815 321 39%
2011 911 332 36%
2012 903 314 35%
2013 806 191 24%
2014 779 189 24%
2015 737 162 22%
2016 831 177 21%
TOTAL 14,819 5,026 34%

2016 partners

  • Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service
  • Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards
  • Cherwell District Council
  • West Oxfordshire District Council
  • South Oxfordshire District Council
  • Vale of White Horse District Council
  • Age UK Oxfordshire
  • Witney Rotary Club