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    © Leslie Gallagher and LG Inventories (Inventories, Inspections & Testing), 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Leslie Gallagher and LG Inventories (Inventories, Inspections & Testing) with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Electric Blanket Safety

Electric Blankets, is yours safe to use?

Testing electric blankets annually is important as all electrical appliances have the potential to deteriorate as time goes on.

They can be perfectly safe to use provided they are in good condition and have the necessary overheating safeguards incorporated into the design. If the condition of the blanket is allowed to deteriorate, there is a chance of electric shock, electrical burns which can be painful and cause permanent damage, or even fires which can cost lives.

Make sure you stay safe by ensuring that your blanket is secured to the bed using the supplied safety ties which prevent the blanket from moving and damaging the elements. When the blanket is not in use, store it flat or, if it must be folded, ensure that it is not folded too tightly.

As with any other piece of electrical equipment, it is very important that electric blankets are kept in safe working order, last year 39% of blankets tested failed. Electric blankets are usually installed beneath bedding which makes them easy to forget for routine safety checks.

Why do electric blankets fail their test?

  • They are over 10 years old and have no safety features built into the controller
  • There has been a leakage of voltage to the surface of the blanket
  • The elements have moved around inside the blanket with the potential to rub together and cause a short-circuit
  • Elements are not secured within the blanket and are exposed to the surface
  • Power lead fasteners are broken and unable to be secured
  • The surface of the blanket is worn, exposing the elements

The fact that nearly 40% of electric blankets tested last year failed, shows how important it is to have them checked regularly. As we move into the colder months, an electric blanket can be very comforting and the last thing you want is to get a shock or a burn from one or worse still – start a fire. This can be avoided by taking advantage of the free* electric blanket safety checks on offer from LG Inventories.

*For further information on how to obtain your free electric blanket safety check, please leave your name and email address in the subscribe box or click here and leave your details and we’ll be in touch. (T&C’s apply)

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The Smokers Gauntlet

I went shopping today with the wife at the local shopping centre. We parked up in the free car park about 1/2 a mile from the shopping centre and proceeded to walk towards the shopping centre. As we got closer, that now familiar uneasiness came over me. My mouth turned dry and I could feel the cold sweat on the palms of my hands. The ritual would soon be upon us. Yes the same ritual that occurs thousands of times, every single day outside every single public place in the country.

I could see them waiting for us, the pariahs of modern society, the smokers. They peered at us, through their smoke clouds to see if we were smoking, hoping we were one of them and would join them in their pleasure. When they realised we weren’t,  they huddled closer together, their herd like mentality taking over them, disappointment etched on their tobacco stained faces,  knowing they were being hunted down and driven to extinction.

As we neared the entrance to the shopping centre, they grudgingly stepped aside, forming a gauntlet either side of the entrance that they knew we had to walk through. The unspoken ritual that human beings somehow adopt without any form of communication, yet we all understand what part we have to play.

I took a deep breath and placed my hand over my nose and mouth, and started to walk quickly towards the entrance, but it was too late, they started blowing their smoke at me, in my face, forcing me to breathe it in, knowing I had no choice but to endure this gauntlet that had been forced on me by over zealous governments and a nanny state. They blatantly stood inside the yellow line which said ‘no smoking beyond this line’, glaring at me, daring me to say something, knowing that the government hadn’t yet created a smoke police force to enforce the law and arrest these ‘smokers’ for breaking the law. I couldn’t though, the acrid smoke had caught the back of my throat, forcing me to exhale, and, at the same time trying not to inhale. It briefly crossed my mind to make a citizen’s arrest but I knew it was hopeless, they were still too strong, I would bide my time and wait for the right moment.

Then suddenly, we were through the doors into the shopping centre. We had made it into that smoke free haven. I breathed in deeply of what I thought would be clean air, but instead I could taste the pungency of human sweat, as a rather large, red faced lady brushed passed me on her way out. Ah, the trade-off for not breathing in smoke, I have to endure the smell of the great unwashed. Still, I haven’t heard of anyone dying from passive sweating yet, so I am assuming it’s still safe to breath in other people’s sweat.

Hmm, just had a thought there, maybe I could start a petition to get the smell of sweat banned in public places, get 100,000 people to sign up for it, and get it debated in the House of Commons. You can do things like that these days you know.

Until the next time.

© Leslie Gallagher and LG Inventories (Inventories, Inspections & Testing), 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Leslie Gallagher and LG Inventories (Inventories, Inspections & Testing) with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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