London Fire Brigade

What you can do to stay safe

Nearly one fire a day in London involves white goods such as dishwashers, washing machines, tumble dryers, fridges and freezers.

There are some simple things you can do to make yourself safer.

If your white goods start making a strange noise, don't ignore it. If you suspect there might be a problem, always unplug it and contact the manufacturer or a qualified repair technician.

Check your appliances haven't been recalled

Most fires, where white goods are the source of ignition, are not down to human factors but are caused by faults beyond the control of the householder. The most important thing you can do to make sure you're safe is to regularly check your appliances.

However, this can be more difficult than it sounds. At the moment there isn't one trusted go to place to look up and find out if your appliances are faulty.

Check the Government's product recall site, the manufacturer's website or Electrical Safety First's recall register.

Always keep your white goods in a safe place out of the way.

Don't be tempted to put that freezer in the hallway - if a fire does break out in your home, you need all escape routes to be clear.

Whirlpool have told consumers to unplug and stop using dangerous, faulty tumble dryers. Hotpoint, Indesit, and Creda tumble dryers built between April 2004 and September 2015 may be a fire risk. Check if your machine is one of the products requiring modifications.

Smoke alarms

You should fit a minimum of one smoke alarm per floor and fit enough alarms to cover all areas where a fire could start, making sure they are tested regularly.

White goods are often left switched on 24 hours a day, seven days a week; a smoke alarm will wake you up if a fire happens while you're sleeping.

Register your appliance

By registering your appliance, you'll be informed if the manufacturers identify any issues with the product you have bought.

Register your appliance now

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