London Fire Brigade

Londoners urged to register appliances as new fire figures released

21 January 2016

We are advising Londoners to register their appliance after new figures reveal faulty electrical goods cause nearly a fire a day in the capital.

The figures, released today, show white goods - including fridges, freezers, dishwashers, washing machines and tumble dryers - account for over 300 fires each year.

In 89 per cent of these incidents, the cause was a fault in the appliance or its electrical supply.

Our call call comes as the Government's Fire Kills campaign launches Register My Appliance Day (Thursday 21 January). 

This will see millions of shoppers receiving a safety message from major white goods manufacturers, reminding them to register any bargains they snapped up in the sales and then to take an extra moment to check around their kitchens and register their older machines.

Register your appliance today to reduce fire risk

As part of the Fire Kills campaign we are urging people to take this sensible safety measure on Register My Appliance Day to reduce the risk of home fires.

Thousands of consumers are still missing out on product safety warnings as they fail to register their fridges, freezers and washing machines, according to the most recent research.

According to Office of National Statistics figures, nationally there are over 100 million large appliances in use in our homes and we keep them a very long time.

However, a consumer survey by Populus, on behalf of Electrical Safety First (4-6th December 2015), found only 47 per cent 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.

The register my appliance website, produced by the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA), provides quick and easy access to the registration pages of 62 leading brands.

AMDEA is the UK trade association for manufacturers of large and small domestic appliances; representing over 85% of the domestic appliance industry and nearly 90% of white goods brands.

Members' products include most of the UK's top selling brands of major white goods, other large and small kitchen appliances, heating, water heating, floor care, waste disposal and ventilation equipment

The site also provides valuable advice on the correct maintenance, safe use and installation, product standards and testing, guarantees and warranties, consumer rights, a product recall listing and the AMDEA Code of Practice on Product Safety.

Protect your home and family

London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Neil Orbell urged Londoners to register their new buys straight away and not to forget older appliances they may have in their kitchens.

He said: "To help protect their homes and families everyone should put registering electrical appliances at the top of their to-do list.

"On the register my appliance website most manufacturers 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."