Take the lead with electrical safety

Fire statistics show that large kitchen appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers are at greater risk of causing a fire than other household appliances such as TVs. Such items often have powerful motors and moving parts which can get very hot.

In light of recent safety concerns about tumble dryers, CFOA’s Electrical Safety Lead, Andy Reynolds appeared on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ on 10 February 2016 to offer some helpful advice to consumers who may be concerned about this recall.

How to check if your dryer is affected?

  • If you have a tumble dryer which is branded Hotpoint, Creda or Indesit it may have been recalled
  • The dryers were sold between April 2004 and September 2015
  • If you bought yours second hand you can still check whether it is affected
  • You will need the serial and model number which you can find on the front in the recess of the dryer door
  • Follow this link to the Hotpoint website and check here if yours has been recalled
  • If it has been recalled, CFOA recommend you do not use the appliance until it has been attended to by the manufacturer

How can I make sure I know about recalls in the future?

The best way to learn about recalls is to let the manufacturer know you have one of their products. This way they can get in touch with you if there is ever a problem. You usually have some documentation when you buy a product asking you to register. make sure you complete and send off this paperwork when you buy an appliance.

If you haven’t done this it’s not too late. You can register an appliance up to twelve years old.

If you get the details for your appliance take some time to double check you haven’t missed a previous recall notice. You can do this by going to Electrical Safety First website and use their product checker. If it has been recalled in the past don’t use it until it has been seen by the manufacturer.

How to register your appliance

  • First you need details of your appliance, this will include, brand name, model number and serial number. All this information should be printed and a safety plate attached to appliance. For washing machine sand tumble driers it will be at the entrance to the drum and in fridges or freezers inside the main compartment.
  • You will need a purchase date, this can be approximate. If you have bought the item second hand or it was handed down register an approximate date it was originally purchased
  • Go to http://www.registermyappliance.org.uk/registration/ and input your appliances details
  • You appliance will now be registered

Andy Reynolds commented “Key to protecting your home and family is making sure you’re kept up to date with any potential safety issues and product recalls. We would urge members of the public to use Electrical Safety First’s product checker, to make sure their appliances have not been subject to a recall, and to register their appliance with the AMDEA website, or direct with the manufacturer.”

A tumble dryer destroyed by fire
A fire caused by an electrical appliance can be devastating

How else can I stay safe?

  • Make sure you follow the manufacturers instructions on using and maintaining your electrical appliances
  • Fit smoke and or heat detectors to your home. You should have at least one smoke detector on each level of your home and they should be tested weekly
  • Don’t put appliances such as washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwasher on when you are going to bed or going out
  • Turn off electrical appliances when they are not in use
  • Never tackle a fire yourself; get out, stay out and call 999

Is there anything else I need to do?

Older and vulnerable members of society are often the focus of ‘Safe and Well’ visits which are delivered by fire and rescue services throughout the country.

CFOA is asking that you help these people check their appliances and assist them in registering. Older people are more likely to own unregistered appliances that are at least 10 years old. They may not have access to the web to register appliances or check on previous recalls.

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