Supporting Register My Appliance Week

Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) is supporting Register My Appliance Week (17 – 21 January) by reminding local residents to register the appliances that they use every day.   

Most of us rely on our appliances, from fridge freezers to washing machines, they are a permanent feature in every household. Therefore, it’s even more important to look after our appliances, and get them registered.

The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) found that 83% of residents did not know they could register older appliances. On Register My Appliance Week, led by the AMDEA, organisations join together to make it quicker and easier for residents to register old and new appliances.

We are urging local residents to register their appliances, if they have not done so already, to increase the safety of their home and the life of their appliances. Alongside recording details in the case of product recall, the Register My Appliance portal also offers:

-         A listing of appliance safety repairs and recalls

-         Hints and tips on household safety

-         Recommendations for appliance care 

 

Nikki Rice, Risk Reduction Manager for AF&RS, emphasises the importance of registering your appliances.

She said: “We know that appliances are often kept for many years with few people realising that they can register these older models.

“We have been working hard to help our local communities in understanding why registration is so important. The older a machine gets, the more likely it is to need repairs, updating, or become a risk to a household.

“Registration is also key to ensure that owners are made aware immediately if a safety recall is issued by the manufacturer, ensuring that homes are kept safe.”

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.

 

AF&RS hope to help the local community understand why getting their appliances on record is a New Year’s resolution worth keeping.

To register your appliance, visit http://www.registermyappliance.org.uk/