London Fire Brigade

Don't turn your back on fridge fire risk warns Brigade

21 September 2017

Consumer campaigners Which? have today added their voice to the Brigade’s Total Recalls campaign by asking manufacturers to stop making non-flame retardant plastic-backed fridges and freezers. They have written to manufacturers to urge them to stop using non-flame retardant plastic backing on fridges, freezers and fridge freezers, which could create a fire risk in people's homes due to the potential to accelerate the spread of fire.

Fire retardant backing is crucial

In response to the announcement  Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Dan Daly said:

“We have been calling for fridges and freezers to be properly covered with fire retardant backing for a number of years and so we are pleased Which? have added weight to our campaign.

“The entire back of fridges and freezers must be properly covered in fire resistant material to limit the spread of fire but the current manufacturing standards still allows for holes in the backing for cables or components which would leave the highly flammable insulation inside exposed. 

“Partially covering the back of a fridge is like having a fire door with a hole in it that would allow fire, heat and smoke to pass through.

“Nearly one fire a day in London involves white goods and June’s tragic fire at Grenfell Tower started in a fridge freezer. Between 2010 and 2016 there have been nine fire deaths and 298 injuries as a result of fires involving white goods in London.” 

The Brigade has made a series of urgent calls for action to make white goods safer as part of its Total Recalls campaign.