A new Study reveals the home appliances most likely to catch fire
A recent Which investigation has found that thousands of faulty appliances catch fire, and that it’s possible that some brands are more prone to catching fire than others.
Which? submitted a Freedom of Information request to government and discovered that nearly 12,000 fires were caused by faulty home products between 2011 and March 2014. Our research discovered that more faulty washing machines and tumble dryers caught fire than TVs or irons.
Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said: ‘It’s shocking that some everyday household appliances can pose such a danger – washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers are often the appliances we leave on overnight or as we leave our house.
‘More needs to be done to protect consumers from this risk and it’s crucial that products known to be dangerous are recalled as quickly as possible.’
The data in the Which? survey is based on government figures for domestic fire incidents in Great Britain attended by fire and rescue services. It relates to 11,965 instances of appliances that were faulty, incorrectly installed or improperly maintained. Full details at www.which.co.uk
You can register your Home Appliances at EEESafe. If you don’t want to register with Manufacturers either because you don’t trust them, or you don’t wish to receive any third party sales calls, then EEESafe can help you. EEESafe also operates an National Register of Domestic Appliance Technicians. All of whom are assessed and required to record safety readings when conducting home repairs. They are required to ensure you don’t have a Product Recall with Fire Risk. The standard also seeks customer ratings, based on the standard itself to allow cost effective monitoring that ensures compliance. You can verify them by their own EEESafe DAT Cards.