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Very dubious packaging - not
on 10 November 2014
I bought this on finding out a friend has suffered serious burns after her clothing caught fire at the kitchen hob.
I work as a product (furniture) designer, so am familiar with materials testing and, in particular, stringent fire testing procedures.
I bought this as it stated 'BS EN 1869:1997'. The product that has arrived looks HIGHLY DUBIOUS; for starters, all over the packaging, the instructions are full of typos such as:
"Take a REFEASE tape and pull downwards"
"Ideal for homes,motorhomes.Boats&CARVANS..."
"This FIIR blanket is not adequate size for adult clothing fires"
"If clothing is on fire,force victim to GROUD"
No spaces after any of the commas, full stops where they shouldn't be and glaring typos...this did not fill me with confidence that this was a bona fide product.
It is worth saying the packaging states "Manufactured to...", NOT "Tested to..." BS EN 1869:1997. Make of that what you will. My reading is, at best, the anonymous manufacturer believes it meets that standard. I doubt any testing has ever been done. And if it had, you'd need a manufacturer's name to check the certification. It is HIGHLY BOGUS.
Also, nowhere on the packaging does it state where it was manufactured, or by/for whom. I believe that is illegal.
On the inner packaging, it states "Standard EN-1869:1997". Being a product designer, I am well aware the standards are prefixed "BS EN", not "EN". This makes me question if the certification is genuine.
To be clear, no manufacturer or even distributor is stated on the packaging - it is completely anonymous, and therefore untraceable.
If a manufacturer can't get the packaging right, will the technical specification be right? Experience tells me no.
The inner packaging contains a CE number, but unfortunately I can't find a free source for checking CE certificate numbers (although this may not prove the item is genuine).
All in all, a very dubious product. It alarms me that it is being bought to deliver a potentially life saving action, and can not be relied on to do so.
I have bought a First Alert fire blanket (Amazon Ref B000TRIX08); more money, but looks to be legitimately manufactured and with none of the above glaring warning signs. And it is Kite marked.
MY ADVICE IS NOT TO BUY THIS ITEM. BY THE TIME YOU FIND YOU NEED IT, YOU MAY BE LEFT WISHING YOU'D SPENT ANOTHER FEW POUNDS FOR THE REAL THING.
I plan to alert Amazon to this, to have the product removed. I will also be asking for a full refund (out of principle - I concede it wasn't expensive).