If you’re serious about home safety, remember to register

Today is Register My Appliance Day and so appliance manufacturers are reminding their customers that they can instantly improve their home safety by taking a few minutes to register their white goods. These are the items that we rely on every day but often have never registered.

The latest YouGov survey for the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) has found that fewer  than half (43%) of British adults usually register their large domestic appliances with the manufacturer.  Of those that don’t always register, 39% said this was because they forgot and 29% didn’t think it was necessary.  Potentially they all risk missing out on product safety warnings.

CFOA encourages people to register their appliances as this is simple and sensible precaution as it ensures that manufacturers can contact consumers swiftly if a safety repair is ever needed.

Second hand goods

Only 15% of consumers realised they could register an appliance with the manufacturer if they acquired it second hand. Just 18% understand that they can register an appliance at any time after purchase: 24% thought this was only possible at the time of purchase and 35% thought the item had to be within the warranty period.

As a bonus, to tempt owners to register their January sale bargains or the thousands of older models already running in their homes, many of the 60 leading brands on www.registermyappliance.org.uk are offering to enter registrants into free draws for a range of desirable prizes.

According to recent official estimates, UK homes are currently using around 93 million (92.7m.) wet and dry large appliances. They are kept for ten or many more years yet, unlike cars, the vast majority are untraceable and have never had a health check. So even if your appliance are nor new or you have purchased them second hand

The YouGov survey also revealed that 70% of GB adults with a fridge or  fridge freezer over ten years old  have never had a professional review or check to verify if they are safely connected or running correctly.

How to register your appliances

It’s very simple to register your appliance, just follow these steps

  • 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
  • Go to http://www.registermyappliance.org.uk/registration/and input your appliances details
  • You appliance will now be registered – simple as that

CFOA is also encouraging people to check the appliances of older or vulnerable friends as they are more likely to have older, unregistered appliances

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