Residents urged to register household appliances and avoid fires

Cleveland Fire Brigade is urging shoppers to register their fridges, freezers and washing machines as a safety measure to reduce the risk of fires in the home.

2 Feb 2016

Recent research shows thousands of consumers are still missing out on product safety warnings for their white goods.

There are over 100 million large appliances in use in our homes and we keep them a very long time, but less than half (47%) of consumers registered the last product they bought. Unlike cars, this leaves the vast majority untraceable if a safety action becomes necessary.

Usually a simple, free, in-home fix by a qualified technician is all that is needed to put the product back on track for a long safe life. But manufacturers need to identify and contact owners swiftly to organise a repair.

At the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) provides quick and easy access to the registration pages of 62 leading brands.

The Register my appliance portal - whose growing number of supporters includes the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), Age UK, Citizens Advice and Electrical Safety First (ESF) -also provides valuable advice on correct maintenance, safe usage and installation, product standards and testing, guarantees and warranties, consumer rights, a product recall listing and the AMDEA Code of Practice on Product Safety.

Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection at Cleveland Fire Brigade said: "Everyone should put registering appliances at the top of their to-do list in the interests of the safety of their homes and families. On this portal most manufacturers also offer registration of large white goods that are up to 12 years old and keying in details of both old and new appliances is time well spent."