Register your new appliances to be the first to know about faults.
It only takes 10 minutes to help protect your home against fire risk...
News about faulty appliances causing house fires can be shocking. Your first thoughts may be, ‘Are my appliances a risk? What manufacturers are affected?
Which serial numbers?’ And, often, if your product is affected, why haven’t I been informed before? If you didn’t register your new appliance, you will most likely have missed out on any updated safety information from the manufacturer.
Worryingly, many of us are putting our homes in danger by not keeping up to date with product safety warnings. Even though half of all accidental dwelling fires were caused by cooking appliances between April 2015 and March 2016 (Home Office Fire Statistics), only 43% of British adults say they register their large domestic appliances with the manufacturer, according to a YouGov survey for the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA).
This means they miss out on product safety and recall information about faulty goods.
Less than half of owners (46%) register the fridges that they have bought, and surprisingly most owners say they don't register because they don’t think it’s necessary (39%). It gets worse when it comes to older appliances.
According to the latest survey results from AMDEA, two thirds (67%) of us have never registered an older appliance that they may have bought a couple of years ago, that was in their homes when they moved in, was given by family or friends, or bought second-hand.
Luckily, it’s not too late to protect your home from the risks of appliance fires. And the good news is you can take action in just 10 minutes! AMDEA runs a product registration service, which is supported by the Government and local Fire & Rescue services. You can register appliances, whether they’re old or new, even if they’ve been bought second-hand.
By registering your appliance for repairs, you’ll be notified right away about any safety repairs or product recalls that you need to know about, so you can act fast to prevent potential disaster. You can also visit the website to check your older appliances against the recall list.
To keep your home fireproof, AMDEA recommends that you don’t use extension leads or adaptors for large appliances, as these should be plugged into the main wall-mounted socket. They also suggest you closely follow care instructions and keep instruction booklets in a safe place for later reference. You should also have smoke alarms fitted, and test them regularly, to keep you and your family safe.
NOTE: We do not claim any right or title to this article which appears in Good Housekeeping.