Lincs Fire and Rescue is urging people to stay safe this winter and take care when using electric blankets.
As the nights draw in and the weather turns colder, many people will be digging out their electric blankets to keep them warm but Lincs Fire and Rescue wants people to be aware of the dangers.
Steve Screaton, deputy community safety manager, said: “A lot of people like to use electric blankets at this time of year but they can be dangerous, accounting for over 5,000 fires in the home every year. If you intend on using one make sure you take the time to check it over properly and spot any potential danger signs. This could be anything from fraying fabric and damp patches to damaged or missing tie tapes and exposed elements.
“It’s fairly cheap to replace an electric blanket so don’t take the chance with your home and family. If in doubt, bin it and buy a new one.”
For tips for using your blankets safely visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/news.