Do you live in a four freezer household?
Registering your electrical goods can reduce the risk to you and your loved ones from being in danger.
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) attended 20 incidents last year involving defective white goods and with Register My Appliance Day on 24 January wants to remind local residents to take a few minutes out of their day to register their electrical goods and gadgets.
In our fast paced modern lives we have become so reliant on our electrical goods. For example, perhaps because they offer us the benefits of faster home cooking and less food waste, over 2 million Brits now live in a four freezer household. If you’re wondering who has the space, nearly one third (29%) of these households keep a freezer in the garage or shed.
Registering your appliances is an important safety precaution as manufacturers may identify problems with a model once the product has been in use. If this happens they need to contact owners to get the fault corrected as quickly as possible. Normally a quick in home fix by a qualified technician will remove any risk, but it can be very difficult for manufacturers to trace customers, particularly if they purchased their appliance sometime ago.
The Register My Appliance website designed by the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) is a quick and easy way to register your electrical goods with over sixty leading manufacturers. To visit the Register My Appliance website go to: www.registermyappliance.org.uk
Despite how easy it is to do and the obvious benefits, two thirds of people have never registered an appliance they have either bought themselves or been given. Many leading manufacturers are offering prize draws or incentives to encourage owners to get their older fridges, freezers, washing machines, dryers and cooking appliances on record, in case a safety repair is ever needed.
Cllr Dave Norman, lead cabinet member for fire and public protection, said: “We know that white goods are kept for many years and very few people realise that they can register older models. These are the products that are most difficult to trace if a safety repair is ever needed and only their current owners can let manufacturers know that they have them. Therefore ensuring your appliances have all been registered is a New Year’s resolution worth keeping.”
Mark Astle, assistant chief fire officer, said: “As part of our Making a Difference Together campaign, we carry out free ‘Safe & Well’ visits where our experienced teams will support and advise residents about registering appliances. Booking a visit can be done by either calling 0800 180 41 40 or visiting our website www.glosfire.gov.uk .”