Millions of Brits would ignore white goods ‘time bomb’

London Fire Brigade today launched its new campaign ‘Total Recalls’ – which aims to ensure the public are better protected from potentially lethal white goods.

According to their campaign, Almost one in three (32%) Brits* would continue to use white goods such as fridge freezers even if they started making strange noises, which could be a sign of a malfunction and a dangerous fire risk.  Broken white goods are especially dangerous because they are made of flammable materials that can easily combust when a faulty part overheats.

The new YouGov figures have been released as a part of the Total Recalls campaign to ensure the public are better protected from potentially lethal faulty white goods.

Improving the system around recalling electrical goods is a key way of ensuring dangerous goods are removed from homes across the UK.

Nearly one fire a day in London **  involves white goods and so Total Recalls is calling for:

  • The public to sign a petition calling for a single register which is government backed and publically accessible so people can check whether their products are subject to a manufacturers’ recall.
  • Manufacturers to improve the standards of their white goods so that the risk of fires starting in white goods  – particularly fridges and freezers is reduced.
  • The public to take simple fire safety precautions to reduce fire risks associated with their white goods such as checking whether their fridges and freezers have been recalled and not placing fridges or freezers in escape route like hallways or under stairs.

To read the full press release and details about the new campaign, please visit London Fire Brigade’s website.

The survey also found that:

  • 70 per cent of people had never checked whether their white goods were the subject of a product recall.
  • More than a quarter (27%) of those said they hadn’t checked because they wouldn’t know where to find the information.

Fire Chiefs are also calling for manufactures to step up and improve the fire resistance of their products.

What you can do now if you are worried about your white goods:

  • If your fridge, washing machine dryer or any other appliance starts making a strange noise don’t ignore it. If you think there may be a problem with an electrical appliance that you own always unplug it and contact the manufacturer or a qualified appliance repair technician
  • Do what you can to check whether an electrical product is subject to recall
  • 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.
  • Plan how you would get out in the event of a fire in your home.
  • If a fire does start, don’t try to fight the fire. Get out, stay out and call the Brigade immediately.
  • Make sure white goods are not positioned in escape routes so if they do catch fire they don’t block your way out of the property.
  • Support our campaign and sign our Change.org petition

* All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 2,015 adults, of which 254 were from London. Fieldwork was undertaken between 12th – 13th July 2016.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

 

 

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