East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is urging residents to register all their electrical appliances, which could save their life.
Just a few clicks could keep you in the loop about life-saving information connected to electrical kitchen items such as washing machines, fridges, freezers and dishwashers.
If an appliance is registered then recall information is sent directly to the owner to inform them of any possible dangers. This ensures that residents are kept up-to-date with any safety issues.
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is supporting Register My Appliance Day on Thursday 24 January.
Fire Investigation Officer, Richard Moon, said: “We are keen to remind local residents to take just 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.
“We have become so reliant on our freezers, perhaps because they offer us the benefits of faster home cooking and less food waste, that over 2 million are now owned by four-freezer households. If you are wondering who has the space, nearly one third (29%) of these households keep a freezer in the garage or shed.”
The Register My Appliance web portal, is a safety initiative designed by AMDEA to make it quicker and easier to register over sixty leading brands of appliances, directly with the manufacturer. Recognising the lack of ownership information on many older products, the majority of brands offer registration of products up to at least twelve years old.
However, two thirds (67%) 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.
Fire Investigation Officer, Richard Moon, said: “It is never too late for this important safety precaution, 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.”
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. East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service hopes to help the local community understand why getting their appliances on record is a New Year’s resolution worth keeping.