Getting appliance owners on record @ registermyappliance.org.uk
Today (24 January 2019) is Register My Appliance Day and Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is keen to remind residents to take a few minutes on www.registermyappliance.org.uk to register the large appliances they rely on every day to handle essential chores, chill food and cook for their families.
With less than a third of these large white goods registered when they were purchased, 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.
Pete Buckingham, Community Safety Team Manager, said:
“In a small number of cases, manufacturers may identify problems with a model once the product has been in use for some time. They then 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 to trace customers, particularly if they purchased some time ago.”
Research published today by the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) has looked at multiple-ownership. It asked if up to four of each type of appliance was in use in homes.
This survey produced more accurate estimates of the vast number of large white goods currently running in GB households.
Over 2 million are now owned by four-freezer households. If you are wondering who has the space, nearly one third of these households keep a freezer in the garage or shed.
Two thirds of people have never registered an older appliance that they may have bought a couple of years ago, found in their homes when they moved in, were given by family or friends, or bought second-hand.
Pete Buckingham said:
“We know that appliances 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.”
When respondents considered a list of nine actions that they ever take to ensure the safety of their home, making sure appliances are registered with the manufacturer came eighth, second only to using security cameras.
Bedford Firefighters will be out talking about the importance of registering appliances
Firefighters from Bedford Community Fire Station will be at Currys, Rope Walk, Bedford, on Saturday 26 January between 10am and 4pm. They will be there to talk to people about the need to register electrical appliances to be sure they are aware of recalls and safety warnings.
Visit Beds Fire’s website for more information on electrical safety.