Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has urged people to take part in a national campaign encouraging them to register their white goods.
The latest YouGov survey for the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances(AMDEA) has found that less than half (43%) of British adults usually register their large domestic appliances with the manufacturer.
However, by registering an appliance, customers instantly improve their home safety.
Kevin Napier, Head of Community Fire Safety, said: “Unbeknown to those who are purchasing household appliances, to simply register it enables ongoing contact with the manufacturers and clearly where any safety messages or recall of goods is required this contact becomes essential.
“It’s far easier than people would imagine. All the appliances come with a registration card. Don’t throw it away, follow the simple instructions and use the email address that is provided to register your appliance.”
Statistics from CFRS show that primary fires (these are fires that directly affect personal property such as homes and cars), between 1 April 2013 and 31 Dec 2016, totalled 3,549. Of those, 129 were caused by domestic appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and tumble dryers. The highest number of primary fires were caused by tumble dryers, with a total of 46 fires, compared to the lowest number of primary fires, with five in washer/dryer combinations.
As part of the Fire Kills campaign, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is backing this sensible and simple precaution, to ensure that householders can be contacted swiftly if a safety repair is ever needed.
As a bonus, to tempt owners to register their January sale bargains or the thousands of older models already running in their homes, many of the 60 leading brands on [registermyappliance.org.uk]registermyappliance.org.uk are offering to enter registrants into free draws for a range of desirable prizes.
The YouGov survey for AMDEA revealed that of the 57 per cent who don’t always register their white goods, 39 per cent said this was because they forgot and 29 per cent didn’t think it was necessary. Potentially they all risk missing out on product safety warnings.
According to recent official estimates, UK homes are currently using around 93 million (92.7m.) wet and dry large appliances. They are kept for ten or many more years yet, unlike cars, the vast majority are untraceable and have never had a health check.
The YouGov survey also revealed that 70 per cent of GB adults with a fridge or fridge freezer over ten years old have never had a professional review or check to verify if they are safely connected or running correctly.
Household appliances can be registered by logging onto: [registermyappliance.org.uk]registermyappliance.org.uk The Register My Appliance web portal was designed by AMDEA to make it quicker and easier for the public to register both new and older appliances. By simply clicking on the brand logo the user reaches a data entry form linked directly to the relevant manufacturer, where the vast majority accept registrations of products up to twelve years old. It is supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, along with the majority of safety and consumer groups.