Fire safety: white goods

Nearly one fire a day in London involves white goods (dishwashers, fridges, etc). Read our 5 top tips to keep yourself safer.

1. If your white goods start making a strange noise, don't ignore it
If you suspect there might be a problem, always unplug it and contact the manufacturer or a qualified repair technician.

2. Check your appliances haven't been recalled
Most fires, where white goods are the source of ignition, are not down to anything you've done. The most important thing you can do to make sure you're safe is to regularly check your appliances haven't been recalled. To do this, check the Government's product recall site, the manufacturer's website or Electrical Safety First's recall register

3. Register your appliances
By registering your appliance, you'll be informed if the manufacturers identify any issues with the product you have bought. You can do this for many old appliances, not just your newer ones. If you care for others, e.g. elderly family members, help them to do this and to check for product recalls.

4. Always keep your white goods in a safe place
Don't be tempted to put that freezer or tumble drier in the hallway or on your balcony. If a fire does break out in your home, you need all escape routes to be clear. White goods should not be operated where they will be exposed to weather or encourage a fire to spread.  

5. Fit smoke and heat alarms
Fit an alarm in every room where a fire could start, and make sure they are tested regularly. Find out more about smoke and heat alarms here

Read more about general fire safety. 

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