Strangely it was washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers which were found to most likely cause fires.

Which? at that time urged people to register appliances they buy with manufacturers so they can be alerted of any recall. To date no central register nor other action has been taken by manufacturers or trade associations.

What if my product is unsafe or is recalled?

A common worry is how people can find out if the product they have bought is safe or is to be recalled. Help is at hand with the Gov.uk website. This link click here allows you to check your appliance, register it and if there is a problem who you can contact. It also has a lot of information about safety recalls on other aspects of life.

The service is free and whilst you may get some extra e mails in your inbox then that surely is a price worth paying for piece of mind.

Useful Tips

The Which? article on the plastic fridges above provided some useful tips if you are worried about your appliances. These are digested here:-

  • Refer to your appliance manual to check the recommended distances are kept between your refrigeration appliance and the wall,
  • Make sure vents are not blocked and the area around your appliances are kept clean to prevent the build-up of dust and grease.
  • Plug your refrigeration appliance directly into the wall rather than using an extension lead
  • If your white goods start making a strange noise, don’t ignore it.
  • If you suspect there might be a problem, always unplug it and contact the manufacturer or a qualified repair technician.
  • Don’t be tempted to put the fridge freezer in the hallway
  • Fit smoke alarms: white goods are often left switched on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A smoke alarm will wake you up if a fire starts while you are sleeping.
  • Fit a heat alarm in your kitchen – this will give you early warning of an increase in temperature caused by fire but won’t be set off by cooking fumes.
  • Register your appliance – so you will be informed if the manufacturer identifies any issues with the product you have bought.
  • Be careful if you’re thinking about using a big refrigerator in a small room. The proportion of refrigerant to normal air could get too high in the unlikely event of a leak, so will make the air more flammable.

The Future

The need for more driven and focused regulation and checking has been recognised by the Government. In January 2018 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy set up the Office for Product Safety and Standards. This body has a wide remit but is intending to keep consumer safety at the forefront. it is a new body and will therefor take some time to develop. The home page for this department is here for you to see

Finally we hope it has the teeth and the will to make sure manufacturers and retailers keep a close eye on safety so the figures of people affected can reduce as much as possible.

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