Hertfordshire residents advised to register large appliances for Home Fire Safety Week
Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to reduce fire risk from their ‘white goods’, such as diswashers, washing machines and tumble dryers.
Residents are advised to register their goods during Home Fire Safety Week, which is from Monday, September 26 to Sunday, October 2.
White goods are one of the biggest causes of fires, but householders can take the following steps to reduce the risks:
* Don’t leave appliances running overnight or when you are out of the house unless they are designed to be left on all the time (such as fridges).
* Register your appliance at www.registermyappliance.org.uk so that the manufacturer can notify you about any recalls or safety concerns.
* Look after your appliance – build ups of dust, fluff or grease increase the likelihood of fire.
* Don’t use damaged appliances – if they start to make odd noises or aren’t working properly stop using them and get them checked.
* Check if an appliance you’ve bought, or are intending to buy second hand, has been recalled at http://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/product-recalls/ where you can get further advice.
Richard Thake, cabinet member for community safety, said: “White goods are one of the biggest causes of house fires, but fewer than half of us register for important safety warnings and we know that recalled models are still in use as a result.
“We’re asking residents to register their appliances with this government-backed scheme and take a few simple steps to reduce the risk of fire.
“It might be convenient to put the dishwasher on overnight or to put a load in the tumble dryer when you go out, but if you’re asleep or not in you won’t spot the signs that something’s going wrong and you could end up dealing with a serious fire as a result.”
Statistics from the fire service show that the appliance most likely to cause fires is a dishwasher, which accounted for 13 fires in Hertfordshire from 2014 to 2015, with 10 washing machine fires and seven tumble dryer fires.
Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service advises residents to have a working smoke alarm on every level of their home and test them regularly.
For more advice, or to book a home fire safety visit, go to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/firesafety