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BBC Watchdog Test House – Filming of Electric Blanket Testing

Surprise, surprise – The BBC Watchdog Test House film crew turned up at the Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees electric blanket testing event which was held in Halifax on 12th November.


Microphones were quickly attached to Age UK staff and GEMS test engineer Clive Macdonald. The event was very well attended by the public, so the filming crew had plenty of footage of the event. We were informed that the program should be broadcasted sometime during the spring of next year.


12th November 2013

Another Successful Year of Electric Blanket Testing

2013 has yet again been another busy year for GEMS with electric blanket testing. Despite the continued economic downturn, our engineers have been travelling all over the U.K. testing electric blankets for one day and week long events. This past year has seen several new organisations being added to our ever growing client list.


Many projects now include the issue of replacement blankets that we have sourced for clients, with the added value that GEMS will look after any warranty issues should they arise.


20th December 2013

BBC Watchdog Test House – Electric Blanket Testing

Today saw the broadcast of the promised BBC Watchdog Test House programme featuring the safety of electric blankets. Presented by Sophie Raworth filming was shot on location at the Age UK Offices in Halifax where the event was open to the general public so that they could bring in their electric blankets for a FREE safety check. GEMS (SW) Ltd test engineer Clive Macdonald who performed the checks, prominently featured in describing and demonstrating how to test electric blankets. On the day, nearly 100 electric blankets were examined and tested, with a staggering 70% being condemned.


Many failures were due to the age of the blanket. Several were found to be 45 to 50 years old with no built in safety features, all of these being potentially lethal. However, there was some good news also. Through GEMS (SW) Ltd procurement service the event sponsors were able to fund the supply of free single and double replacement electric blankets to those members of the public whose blankets had failed. The televised programme then went on to show an interview with an elderly couple whose home had been destroyed by an electric blanket fire and the heartache of losing all their treasured possessions.