Faulty appliances ’cause 60 fires a week’


Unsound household appliances – primarily washing machines and tumble dryers – account for 60 cat-house free fires a week in the UK, consumer group Which? has said.

It said the multitude of fires has stayed roughly the same each year for five years.

It wants the rule to draw up a plan to tackle the issue within three months, compel ought to set up an Office for Product Safety.

However, manufacturers have questioned some of the information that Which? used.

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The consumer number wants a reform of the UK’s product safety system, following a series of makes, including the including Grenfell Tower tragedy, which was started by a out of order fridge freezer.

A separate defect affecting 5.3 million wise up dryers under the Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands was discovered in 2015 and has reportedly led to hundreds of impassions since 2004.

The Commons Business Committee recently described the response by Eddy, which owns the brands, as “woeful”, and said it was unacceptable that uncountable than one million potentially dangerous dryers were still being acquainted with in people’s homes.

‘First step’

Which? made a series of arrogance of information requests to fire authorities and the Home Office to gain an impersonation of the scale of faulty appliance fires in the UK.

It concluded that malfunctioning kitchenette appliances have accounted for nearly 16,000 fires across the UK since 2012.

It answered faulty washing machines and tumble dryers accounted for 35% of flames, followed by cookers and ovens (11%), dishwashers (10%), and fridges, freezers and fridge freezers (8%).

Which? easy reached on the government, which has set up a new Office for Product Safety, to set out the scale of product protection risks and explain what it planned to do to avert further fires in an effect plan within 90 days.

Simon Blackburn, from the Town Government Association, said: “This is just the first step. It is necessary that consumers have access to as much information as possible, and we intent urge the Office to create an easily accessible, comprehensive database of recalled by-products.

“This would enable consumers to get as full a picture as possible in the matter of the safety of the products they are buying, and should be supported by all manufacturers.”

‘Natural teeth’

Rachel Reeves, who chairs the Business Committee, said: “While we greeted the decision to establish an Office for Product Safety and Standards, we agree the regulation must make sure it has real teeth and ensure it leads to profuse people registering their products, a better recall regime and basically a reduction in the number of fires that blight so many homes and put charges at risk.”

A Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy spokesman ordered: “The government’s top priority is to keep people safe, which is why last month we set out our path to further strengthen the UK’s already tough product safety system.”

Producer Whirlpool questioned some of the data that Which? used.

“The authority has advised that the accuracy of Fire and Rescue Service incident statistics cannot be guaranteed and should not be relied upon to make judgements almost particular appliance makes or models,” it said.

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