GFRS urge residents to check appliances following warning
After tragic events at Grenfell Tower in West London, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is urging local people to take a few minutes to check their fridge freezers to improve their home safety.
A statement by Metropolitan Police Service identified a Hotpoint FF175BP fridge freezer as the initial source of the Grenfell Tower fire that started in the early hours of Wednesday 14th June.
The government have since stated that anyone that owns model of Hotpoint fridge freezer FF175BP (white) or FF175BG (grey), produced between 2006 and 2009, should call Whirlpool Corporation’s freephone hotline on 0800 316 3826 or visit www.hotpointservice.co.uk/fridgefreezer to register their details for further updates.
GFRS is encouraging residents to follow this guidance as soon as possible, to help keep themselves, their family and property safe from harm. They also suggest using the www.registermyappliance.org.uk website to check your other white goods.
This website offers a sensible and simple precaution, and ensures that householders can be contacted swiftly if a safety repair is ever needed.
It was designed by The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMEDA) to make it quicker and easier for the public to register both new and older appliances. Even if someone buys a second hand appliance, they are still able to register their appliance with the company to receive safety messages.
Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “What happened at Grenfell Tower was truly tragic and our thoughts go out to all of those affected.
“Since then we have been reassuring residents in the county by carrying out building inspections around Gloucestershire. We will continue to work with residents and businesses in Gloucestershire to ensure our communities are as safe as they can possibly be and this includes checking your white goods.
“By following this advice and checking your white goods on the Government website, you can help to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.”
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It is really important that residents take not of this advice and check their fridge freezers.
“Sadly fires in the home can and do happen, as we have seen with the horrific events at Grenfell Tower.
“However, by registering any large appliances you have, you can help to reduces the risk of a fire in the home.”
People with concerns about product safety can also call the Citizens Advice consumer service line on 03454 04 05 06 or our helpline on 0300 123 1016.
The Government website on product recalls, which will be updated should further action on the product be necessary, can be found at www.gov.uk/productrecall.