Thirteen fires per day caused by faulty and recalled electrical goods

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Last year, 4,732 fires were caused by faulty electrical appliances, including recalled items, the equivalent of thirteen fires per day across the UK. Faulty goods were responsible for twenty per cent of all electrical house fires, causing hundreds of casualties and in some cases death. Despite this, new research from Electrical Safety First shows that three in ten British consumers are willing to put themselves in danger by continuing to use a product they know has been recalled for safety reasons. 

If an electrical appliance has been registered, the manufacturer can contact its owner if the product needs to be recalled. However, new figures show that only 24% of consumers always register their electrical appliances. The top three reasons people give for not registering include “It’s too much hassle,”, “I meant to but I forgot” and “I didn’t think it would have any benefits” 

Forgetting might not be the only explanation for low registration levels. Many people don’t understand why manufacturers ask them to register their appliances. Almost two thirds of people think it’s so they can be sent marketing messages to promote other products

Electrical Safety First is urging consumers to protect themselves from the huge risks of fire, electrical shock or even death that faulty appliances can present, by always registering their products so that manufacturers can contact them if there is a problem.

To help make white goods safer, Electrical Safety First has been working with the London Fire Brigade to develop a new ‘voluntary mark’ to be used by manufacturers of fridges and freezers to demonstrate that they have been made from fire-resistant materials.  Refrigerators with flammable plastic backs are a serious safety concern and can cause large, rapidly developing fires.            

To check if an electrical item has been recalled visit: electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/recall 

and to register an appliance, visit: www.registermyappliance.org.uk/

 

12:00, 08 Feb 2018 by Parish Clerk