Simple steps to help keep homes safer
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to take part in ‘Register My Appliance Day’ today (16th January) to help keep homes across the county safe.
By taking just a few minutes to register domestic appliances directly with the manufacturer, householders can be contacted quickly if a recall or free safety repair is ever needed.
The user-friendly portal www.registermyappliance.org.uk, allows owners of fridges, freezers, washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers to register their appliances via mobile phone, tablet or PC.
The portal provides an easy and quick link to over 60 leading manufacturers of domestic appliances. By clicking on the brand logo, the user reaches a data entry form linked directly to the relevant manufacturer.
The vast majority of manufacturers accept registrations of products up to twelve years old, and many brands are currently running prize draws for new registrations.
The portal was designed by the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) and 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: “I would urge the public to register any new products they may have bought in the sales and not to forget the older appliances they have been using for many years. 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.”
Stewart Edgar, Chief Fire Officer of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said; “It’s easy to overlook the household appliances we use day after day. However, just taking a few minutes to register them with the manufacturers can help to keep you and your loved ones safe. If you find out that one of your appliances is subject to a safety notice or recall, it is really important that you stop using it immediately. If you have any difficulties registering your appliances, please contact Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 180 4140 to book a free Safe and Well visit, or complete the online form at www.glosfire.gov.uk/forms/Newhomesafety.asp.”
On Register my Appliance Day manufacturers are sending reminders to over 4 million consumers to register their products. Supporters including the Local Government Association, RoSPA, Trading Standards, Citizens Advice and Electrical Safety First are all sharing the messages to members, partners and residents.
For more information, please visit http://www.registermyappliance.org.uk.