GFRS urge residents to register appliances and stay safe
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is urging local people to take part in 'Register My Appliance Day' (19th January), to help customers improve their home safety by taking a few minutes to register their white goods.
As part of the Fire Kills campaign, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is backing this sensible and simple precaution, to ensure that householders can be contacted swiftly if a safety repair is ever needed.
The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMEDA) ran a survey earlier this year about domestic appliances in the home. The results highlighted 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 survey also revealed that 70 per cent of British adults with a fridge or fridge freezer over ten years old have never had a professional review or check to verify if they are safely connected or running correctly.
As a bonus, to tempt owners to register their January sale bargains or the thousands of older models already running in their homes, many of the 60 leading brands on www.registermyappliance.org.uk are offering to enter registrants into free draws for a range of prizes.
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."
On Register My Appliance Day manufacturers are sending reminders to over four million consumers. If someone buys a second hand appliance, they are still able to register their appliance with the company to receive safety messages. 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.