Reminder to check white goods as Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service marks UK Home Safety Week

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People in Suffolk are being urged to check their white goods and to not use them unattended in an attempt to reduce the risk of fires starting in the home.

As part of UK Home Safety Week, fire services up and down the country are recommending people register their appliances in case of recalls, but to also be aware that incidents can occur when a product isn’t on a recall list.

Damage and severity of a fire, should one occur, is dramatically reduced if they are not left running while everyone is asleep or out of the house. Early indicators of potential risks can be quickly noticed, such as smells, unusual sounds or the appliance not performing as expected.

People are also being urged to check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and making sure they know how they will exit their home if a fire does occur.

In 2015/16, more than 15,000 accidental fires in the home were caused by cookers and white goods across the UK. In 2016/17 in Suffolk, there were 29 incidents caused by white goods – to date in 2017/18, there have been 11.

Suffolk Trading Standards are also informing people of the campaign, reminding them to regularly check the recalled list of domestic appliances, and to follow their weekly product recall campaign, #CheckItTuesday on Twitter.

Councillor Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for environment and public protection, said:

“We would urge people to spend a few minutes registering their appliances at www.registermyappliance.org.uk

“This is the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances’ (AMDEA) online safety initiative, which is supported by fire services and government. It represents nearly 90% of white goods brands and allows people to register appliances new and up to 12 years old so if there’s a safety recall they can be contacted and a qualified engineer can visit the household to carry out a repair.

“It is also advised that people use their appliances only when they are in the home and awake, as this is proven to significantly reduce the risk of a serious fire.

“It is important people are well prepared in case of a fire. If you have an elderly neighbour or family member nearby, why not check in on them to make sure they’re prepared as well.”