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Old electric blankets unsafe, warns Ballymena council

More than half of electric blankets - including some over 20-years-old - checked in a recent Ballymena council run initiative have failed safety tests.

The event, which took place in the town's leisure centre found that 55% of the blankets tested failed the meet the required safety standards, resulting in the disposal of 26 electric blankets by surprised owners.

Deputy chief environmental health officer with Ballymena Borough Council, Nichola McCall told a recent council meeting that similar tests carried out across Northern Ireland in 2010 yielded a 73% failure rate.

"The average age of blankets tested in Ballymena was eight years with four blankets more than 20-years-old, dating back to a time before adequate overheat protection was included as standard," she told the Ballymena Guardian.

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