London Fire Brigade

Be safe, register your electrical appliances

15 January 2015

If there was a problem with any of your electrical appliances, wouldn’t you want the appliance's manufacturer to be able to let you know quickly and effectively?

Take advantage of a new way to register your household appliances such as fridges, freezers and cookers and manufacturers will be able to contact you in the event of an issue.

Register your appliances

Register My Appliance is AMDEA‘s new web site designed to provide up-to-date, accurate, contact information for owners who have acquired specific models of  appliances within the last 12  years, so manufacturers can issue safety updates or repair notifications to the right homes.

Research

New research* revealed that only a third of people buying electrical goods register their appliances with the manufacturer, leaving thousands of owners untraceable if an urgent  safety repair is required or a recall notice is issued.

• 41% of people that don’t register their appliances say they didn’t think it was necessary*
• 73% of people asked said they would be likely to register when bearing in mind the manufacturer might need to contact them if a safety repair becomes necessary.

Major cause of fires

368 accidental dwelling fires were caused by fridges / fridge freezers/freezers in the last five years in London.

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What we say

London Fire Brigade’s Head of Fire Safety Regulation Neil Orbell said:

“While most electrical appliances work safely without incident, if there is a problem and it is not addressed it can have very serious consequences. To reduce the risk of having a fire in your home and for your own peace of mind everyone should  take this opportunity to register their domestic appliances. Good ownership data is vital so manufacturers can get safety information to people quickly if they need to.

“If you think there may be a problem with an electrical appliance in your home our advice is to always unplug it and to contact the manufacturer or a qualified repair technician.”

 

 

*Figures from London Fire Brigade’s Information Management team record that between 1 January 2010 and 4 September 2014 there were 368 fires where a refrigeration appliance (fridge, freezer, fridge freezer) was the ignition source in an accidental fire, resulting in 7 fire fatalities and 66 serious fire injuries.
*All other figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2158 GB adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 19th - 22nd December 2014. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).