Last month we had Electrical Fire Safety Week, which ran from 20th November to 26th November, the Electrical Safety First organisation is calling on the Government to act now to ensure that people can live safely in their homes.
More needs to be done to keep people safe from electrical fires.
Electricity is the cause of over half of all domestic house fires in England each year. Faulty appliances and the misuse of electricity, along with a lack of regulation around electrical safety checks in privately rented homes creates a toxic mix that is leading to people being killed or injured each year in electrical fires.
Even the housework isn’t safe – with over five fires a day in England caused by white goods such as tumble dryers, washing machines and dishwashers, we need to ensure that everyone knows how to use the electrical appliances in their home safely.
You can sign up and support our campaign here: www.supportsaferhomes.com
For advice on staying safe in the home, visit electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/saferhomes
Registering Your Products
The average success rate of an electrical product recall in the UK is just 10-20%. A lot of the time, the manufacturer has no way of directly contacting those who purchased the item in question. So, every year, millions of potentially unsafe appliances remain in use, putting their owners at risk of electrical shocks, fires or even death.
Registering your product makes it easy for the manufacturer to get in touch with you if there is a problem.
The easiest way to register your product is to go online to the Register My Appliance website, which has links to all of the major electronics manufacturers.
In order to register your product, you’ll usually need:
- The brand name
- The model (usually either a name or a number)
- The serial number
- The date of purchase (or as near to it as you can remember)
Go to www.registermyappliance.org.uk for more information and to register your electrical products.
Electrical Safety First’s product checker contains the details of electrical products that have been recalled since 2007. If you have searched for a product that you own and it is not listed, this means that it has not been recalled and should be safe to use. However we advise you to make sure it is registered.
Visit https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/product-recalls/ to check that the products in your home are safe.
For more advice about using white goods safely, visit www.whitegoodsafety.com
For general advice about electrical safety in the home, visit www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk