Over 100 million appliances in the UK are yet to be registered
To mark Register My Appliance Week (from 17 to 21 January) Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is urging the public to register their many treasured appliances that, unlike our cars, are still off the radar if a free safety repair is ever needed.
Prevention Officer, Alison Teece, says:
“As we all aim to keep our appliances running efficiently for many years, maintenance and registration of machines becomes increasingly important. In 2020, 25% of the incidents we attended were electrical fires and a large proportion of these were caused by domestic appliances.
“Registering appliances is really easily. Just head to registermyappliance.org.uk and start the process there for peace of mind.”
We all rely hugely on our fridges, washing machines and microwaves for keeping our busy lives on track, but would your appliance manufacturer know which machines you have and where to find you if a fault came to light with your model?
The answer is ‘no’ for some 100 million appliances, according to recent research. But this could all be remedied by people taking a few minutes to register their much-loved appliances.
While the recent increase in online purchasing (reportedly soaring as high as 70%) and the advent of smart appliances will all help to improve traceability, according to Government estimates we are now running more than 212 million essential appliances to cook, wash clothes and dishes, clean floors and store our food.
Yet official research also found that 49% of us have never registered a product, potentially leaving some 100 million large and mid-sized older machines untraceable.
To increase safety and the life of appliances 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
To get in touch with our Prevention Team call: 01743 260200