West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is backing a new website which calls for people to register their appliances for a safer home.
The website www.registermyappliance.org.uk encourages the public to register electrical appliances purchased in the past 12 years, and owners will be contacted if a safety repair is needed or a recall notice issued.
The website also provides product and household safety advice, appliance care and consumer protection information.
According to Station Manager Gary Asquith, WYFRS’ lead fire investigation officer, it will be a useful tool when investigating the cause of a blaze because it will assist officers in identifying appliances and serial numbers if the occupant has registered theirs.
He said: “Everybody should take this opportunity to register their domestic appliances, to reduce the risk of home fires and for their own peace of mind. Good ownership data is key to getting safety information to the people that need it and I encourage everyone to invest a little time to register their appliances.
“The website also provides vital safety advice and information on how to care for electrical appliances, which can only help in the prevention of fires.”
The website is run by the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) and is supported by the Government organisation Fire Kills. According to a YouGov survey for AMDEA, just over a third (36%) of purchasers of large domestic appliances make a point of always registering them with the manufacturer, with 41% of those that don’t, saying they didn’t think it was necessary.
Yet nearly three quarters of adults (73%) went on to say that they would be likely to register when bearing in mind the manufacturer might need to contact them if a safety repair becomes necessary.
AMDEA http://www.amdea.org.uk is the UK trade association for manufacturers of large and small domestic appliances; representing over 85% of the domestic appliance industry and nearly 90% of white goods brands.