Please help older people register their household appliances

Mon 22 Jun, 2015



Firefighters are encouraging people to raise awareness amongst older friends and relatives of why it is important to register their household appliances.

There are at least 100 million large domestic appliances in use in homes in the UK, but according to a recent survey by YouGov PLC, less than half of people over 65 always register their ovens, fridges and washing machines.

Richard Priest, head of Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s community safety team, said: “Good ownership data is key to getting safety information to the people who need it.

"If a problem arises, it is crucial that homes with the affected models can be contacted quickly and particularly that older owners are not left off the radar.  

“We run a programme of home safety checks and particularly try to visit the more vulnerable residents in our communities to fit smoke alarms and give advice. Helping older people to register their appliances is a very simple and sensible step.”

The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) has created a website called registermyappliance.org.uk, which provides quick access to the registration pages of more than 60 leading brands of domestic appliances (the brands are shown above). Appliances which are up to 12 years old may be registered.

Richard added: "If you can help your parents or an elderly neighbour who can’t go online or who just finds it difficult, we would like to ask you to do your bit by helping with the registration process."