Register my appliance day

The Institute for White Goods Engineers are very happy in adding our support for Register my appliance day as an essential campaign that will save lives.

AMDEA (The Association of Manufactures of Domestic Appliances) are spear heading this campaign as an important but often missed step in the purchase of a new appliance.

As modern living advances the demand for appliance and white goods has increased, add to this the growing population, then it goes with out saying that we will see a rise in the number of faulty appliances hitting news headlines.

AMDEA members have invested millions of pounds in to developing environmentally friendly technology to greatly improve the efficiency of their appliances.

Technology has advanced from mechanically switched to electronically controlled circuits. This makes them more sensitive to their environment but does add greater control.

  1. an average new European washing machine consumes 44% less energy and 62% less water compared to an average washing machine made in 1985.
  2. in refrigeration, today’s best products consume only a quarter of the energy used by a typical refrigerator  made in 1990.

With more complex products on the market it is inevitable that from time to time faults will surface at component level.

Making the Register my appliance campaign vital.

Consumers lead busy lives and often filling in the registry card or going on line to register an appliance can be the last thing on their mind.

We have long felt that the registration proses should and could be done at the point of sale. In most cases the customers details have already been captured.

A simple API link to submit data to the manufactures portal could elevate the £100,000 spent on urging consumers to register their appliance.

This thought is backed up by a YouGov survey, carried out by AMDEA in December 2016, found that less than half (43%) of GB adults usually register their large domestic appliances, which leaves thousands of owners untraceable if a recall is required.

Electrical Safety First, Trading Standards and the Fire Services, including the 46 fire and rescue authorities across England and the Fire Services in Scotland and Wales all add their support to this campaign.

Registration is simple via this link

Register my appliance day

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FIRE AND ICE – FRIDGE-FREEZER SAFETY

FIRE AND ICE – FRIDGE-FREEZER SAFETY

Electrical Safety First responds to Government View

Commenting on the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) response to the investigation into the fridge-freezer model which instigated the Grenfell fire, Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First, said:

“We appreciate the thorough investigation undertaken to ensure that this fridge- freezer model fulfils all requirements of the safety standard in place at the time of manufacture. Under these circumstances, no recall of the product has been required.

“However, we are concerned that even the requirement of the current standard means that a significant number of fridge-freezers are still being produced with plastic backs, which can present a fire risk if overheating occurs. Given that faulty white goods alone led to 1,873 fires last year, it is imperative that updated, robust, legislation is established to ensure product safety.

“Electrical Safety First is working with the industry to develop a new voluntary mark. Used by manufacturers of fridges and freezers, it would allow customers to identify appliances that have been made from proven fire-resistant materials.

“We also hope that the recently established Office for Product Safety and Standards will use our expertise to help ensure the UK’s product safety regime works as effectively as possible. But in the meantime, we will continue to lobby for a central recall and registration database to ensure consumers can easily determine if an electrical product they own has been recalled.”

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