London Fire Brigade

We warn MPs to act now on white goods safety

31 October 2017

Nearly one fire a day in London involves white goods so “consumers need to be given a fighting chance and know exactly what the risks are.”

Head of Fire Investigation gives evidence to Parliament

That’s what our Head of Fire Investigation Charlie Pugsley told MPs in Parliament on Tuesday 31 October 2017.

He was giving evidence on behalf of the National Fire Chief’s Council (NFCC)  to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee which was holding a one-off session on the safety of electrical goods and the UK's product safety and recall systems.

Watch the full committee meeting

What we want to see done to make white goods safer

Our Total Recalls campaign has been calling on the government and manufacturers for the last two years to implement a number of changes to make all white goods safer.

Time for MPs to act on the issue

During the evidence session, Charlie warned that despite the Brigade’s and the NFCC’s campaigning and independent and BEIS departmental working group reviews plus Coroners recommendations “we still don’t have the outcomes that will help keep consumers safe.” He told the committee it was now time for MPs to act on the issue

Referring to the need for a single, easily accessible recall database Charlie said: “Consumers need to be given a fighting chance….they need to know exactly what to do and exactly what the risk is.”

He also highlighted the Brigade’s call for improved manufacturing standards for fridge freezers adding: “The key issue is that a fridge freezer is not something that you can turn off when you go to bed. If something is going to catch fire just watching it doesn’t mean you’re going to be safe.”

Also giving evidence at the committee were

  • Pete Moorey, Head of Campaigns, Which?

  • Martyn Allen, ‎Technical Director at Electrical Safety First

  • Sian Lewis, Association Executive, Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances

  • Leon Livermore, Chief Executive, Chartered Trading Standards Institute

  • Ian Moverley, Communications Director, Hotpoint, Whirlpool.