Campaign raises awareness of importance of registering electrical appliances

Thu 24 Jan, 2019

Don't forget to register your domestic appliances so that you can easily be traced if there's a recall. Note: The dishwasher in the picture has been registered but hasn't been recalled!

Firefighters are urging people to register cookers, fridge-freezers, washing machines and other household appliances - even if they are not brand new - and to take care when using them.

They are supporting today’s annual Register My Appliance Day, organised by the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, the UK trade association for manufacturers of large and small domestic appliances.

Joanne Cook, 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.

“Appliances are often kept for many years, and very few people realise that they can register older models. 

“These are the products that are most difficult to trace if a safety repair is ever needed. Only their current owners can let manufacturers know that they have them.” 

The association says only a third of people register an older appliance that they may have been given, bought second-hand or found in their homes when they moved in. 

Association members’ products include most of the UK’s top selling brands of major white goods, other large and small kitchen appliances, heating, water heating, floor care, waste disposal and ventilation equipment 

Joanne's top tips are:

  • - The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances runs a website called Register My Appliance, which provides quick access to the registration pages of more than 60 leading brands. In most cases, appliances which are up to 12 years old may be registered. Always check that you use the right fuse to prevent an appliance overheating.
  • - Make sure an electrical appliance has a British or European safety mark when you buy it.
  • - Certain appliances, such as washing machines, should have a single plug to themselves.
  • - An extension lead or adaptor will have a limit to how many amps it can take, so be careful not to overload them to reduce the risk of a fire. The charity Electrical Safety First has an online Socket Calculator.
  • - Keep electrical appliances clean and in good working order to prevent them triggering a fire.
  • - Don't use your hob as an extension of your kitchen work surface.
  • - Keep your eyes peeled for signs of dangerous or loose wiring such as scorch marks, hot plugs and sockets, fuses that blow or circuit-breakers that trip for no obvious reasons, or flickering lights.
  • - Check and replace any old cables and leads, especially if they are hidden from view – behind furniture or under carpets and mats.
  • - Unplug appliances (apart from those that are meant to be left on, such as a fridge-freezer) when you are not using them or when you go to bed. 
  • - Check your smoke alarms every month to make sure they work.
  • - Make sure everyone in your home knows the escape route in the event of an emergency.
  • - Read the handy Fire Safety in the Home booklet.