Dreaming of a white goods Christmas?
We might not have snow on Christmas Day, but come Boxing Day a lot of us may be heading to the sales for new white goods.
But would you think to register your new appliance with the manufacturer? Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is urging local people to help improve their home safety by taking a few minutes to register their white goods through the Register My Appliance web portal designed by AMDEA.
By taking this sensible and simple precaution householders can make sure that they will be contacted swiftly if a safety repair is ever needed.
The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMEDA) ran a survey about domestic appliances in the home and found that fewer than 50 per cent of people registered their large domestic appliances with the manufacturer.
Twenty-nine per cent of those who don’t register said they didn’t think it was necessary, whilst 39 per cent said they forgot.
The Register My Appliance web portal was designed by AMDEA to make it quicker and easier for the public to register both new and older appliances. By simply clicking on the brand logo the user reaches a data entry form linked directly to the relevant manufacturer, where the vast majority accept registrations of products up to twelve years old. It is supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, along with the majority of safety and consumer groups.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Registering your appliance can really help home safety, and firefighters can help you do this as part of a Safe and Well visit.
“Sadly fires in the home can and do happen, but by registering any large appliances you have, it reduces the risk of that ever happening to you.
“Getting into the habit of spending a few minutes on www.registermyappliance.org.uk guarantees the household will receive any relevant safety messages from the manufacturer and they should respond immediately.”
Andy Hermiston, head of trading standards and deputy chief fire officer, said: “We are urging people to register their appliances and would like to remind people who are visiting relatives over the festive period to help them check their appliances.
“Registering appliances means that you are automatically made aware of any product recalls and checking your appliances using the appliance checker on our website can let you know if there any current issues with your appliances.”
For more information, please visit http://www.registermyappliance.org.uk/.
To book a free Safe and Well visit please call 0800 1804140 or visit: http://www.glosfire.gov.uk/ysafety_h_domestic.html