Sadly over the years we have attended a number of fires, some fatal, which have been caused by faulty electrical appliances.
There are steps that you can take immediately to guard against fire in electrical appliances:
- If you think there may be a problem with an electrical appliance that you own always unplug it and contact the manufacturer or a qualified appliance repair technician
- Check the safety of an electrical product by visiting the Government's product recall site which lists which white goods have been recalled due to fire risk
- Fit a minimum of one smoke alarm per floor and fit enough alarms to cover all areas where a fire could start, making sure they are tested regularly
- Plan how you would get out in the event of a fire in your home
- If a fire does start, don't try to fight the fire. Get out, stay out and call the Brigade immediately
- Make sure white goods are not positioned in escape routes so if they do catch fire they won't block your way out of the property
The majority of products in your home will be safe but you should regularly check to ensure none of your household appliances are subject to a recall.
Visit the product safety pages of the .gov website to find out if any of your products are subject to a recall, register your new products so that you can receive updates on safety issues if they ocurr.