It contains important information designed to keep the public safe and sound in their beds.
But with August only halfway through and the cricket season still in full swing, it is depressing to be already thinking of the coming winter.
FROM NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL
As the cold weather spreads across North Lincolnshire later on this year, many people will be bringing out their electric blankets ready for use and North Lincolnshire Council is offering to test your electric blanket free of charge in September.
Bring your electric blanket for testing at the following venues:
Wednesday 20 September
- Ashby Link 9.30am to 12pm
- Scunthorpe Central Library 2pm to 4pm
Thursday 28 September
- The Angel Suite in Brigg 9.30am to noon
- Wesley Memorial Church in Epworth 1.30pm to 3pm
- The Old School Hall in Winterton 4pm to 5pm
Here are some electric blanket danger signs:
- Fraying fabric
- Creasing or folding
- Scorch marks
- Exposed elements
- Damp patches
- Tie tapes damaged or missing
- Worn flex
Do not fold your electric blanket when putting it away as this can damage the wiring, it is much better to roll the blanket.
Cllr. Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for safer, greener, cleaner places, said: “If you have an electric blanket and haven’t had it tested, please take advantage of our free electric blanket tests in North Lincolnshire to make sure your electric blanket is safe.
“It is much cheaper to replace an electric blanket than it is your home, so come down to one of our venues on 20 and 28 September to see if your electric blanket is safe for use.”
PICTURED: Electric blanket weather - Bridge Street, Brigg, on a snowy and chilly night in January 2015, captured by the camera of Ken Harrison.