Fire crews called to electric blanket blaze at property in Holland-on-Sea

An aerial shot of Holland-on-Sea, Essex.

An aerial shot of Holland-on-Sea, Essex. - Credit: Mike Page

A warning has been issued about the dangers of electric blankets after a blaze at an Essex home.

Two fire crews from Clacton were called to Merrilees Crescent in Holland-on-Sea at 1am today to reports of an electric blanket on fire.

Firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze by 1.15am and crews used a positive pressured fan to clear smoke from the property.

Divisional officer of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service Neil Fenwick said: “All electric blankets should be checked regularly for signs of wear and tear and if your blanket is more than 10 years old then it should be replaced immediately.

“When you buy a new electric blanket make sure it has ‘overheat protection’, which will cut off the electricity if it becomes too hot.”


You may also want to watch:


He added all electric blankets should carry the British Standard Kitemark and the British Electrotechnical Approvals Board (BEAB) symbol on them.

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus