Electrical Appliances in the home are the cause of a significant amount of Fires and Electric shocks every year.
Evidence from the Department for Communities and Local Government show that in 2011/2012 there were around 5200 domestic fires in Great Britain caused by faults with electrical products, and that over 2000 of these were attributable to White Goods – such as Tumble Driers, Washing Machines, Fridge Freezers and Electric Cookers.
These are the type of goods supplied by Landlords, Local Charities, Producer Compliance Schemes, Second Hand Appliance shops and Domestic Appliance Repair outlets. Working with EEESafe registered Centres and Technicians will help ensure more of these goods will be available to such groups, and importantly, repaired by Registered Competent Persons.
EEESafe is calling for regulation on ensuring Competent Persons are employed on any repair work for White Goods Appliances through registration with its EEESafe Domestic Appliance Technicians and Workshop Repairers Card Scheme. The scheme is also dedicated to ensuring that appliances beyond economical repair and where Registered Technicians do not require the product, are placed into a Registered Local EEESafe Centre. Retention of appliances for local community benefit are part of the Circular Economy operation seeks to deliver through it’s Local Training Centre model.
Recently cited by the Ellen MaCarthur Foundation to the Welsh Government in a White Paper, EEESafe is looking to engage all Stakeholders to reduce carbon emissions, help impoverished communities, remove rogue traders and deliver a Greens Skills programme commensurate with UK Government policies. Consumers are encouraged to not only offer their old appliances to EEESafe, but purchase new Appliances via EEESafe’s Retail Partners on their own website. They will offer a choice to leave the old appliances for EEESafe to relocate in the local community.
Data Source. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-statistics-great-britain-2011-to-2012