White goods warning from county's fire service
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) has joined other services around the country to urge residents to stop using white goods that have been recalled.
This follows an incident on 30th December where a family of seven suffered a serious fire in the home.
The fire was started by a Hotpoint condenser dryer in the kitchen of the three bedroom flat in Matson.
Although the family were not at home at the time, the damage that resulted from the fire has meant they have had to be moved into emergency accommodation.
GFRS attends more than two incidents every month involving defective white goods and, as part of their Safe and Well campaign, carry out free checks of all white goods in the home.
Trained teams will visit, free of charge, and carry a full safety check for residents. You can book a visit by calling free on 0800 180 41 40 or visiting www.glosfire.gov.uk.
Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "If you find out that one of your white goods is subject to a safety notice or recall, it is really important that you stop using it immediately.
"You can check to see if your appliances are on these lists by visiting the manufacturer's website. Alternatively you can go to http://www.registermyappliance.org.uk/ to check if your appliances are safe."
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "I would urge homeowners and tenants to check whether their white goods have been recalled or had a safety notice issued.
"It's something that some could take for granted but if is left unchecked, could put you and your loved ones in danger.
"Don't risk it! Check online or contact our safe and well team to arrange for a visit."