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Faulty Appliances and Fire Safety

Faulty Appliances and Fire Safety

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There are more than 60 fires every week in the UK caused by faulty appliances such as washing machines and tumble-dryers, which account for more than a third, cookers and ovens, dishwashers, fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers.

The devastating fire in June 2017 at Grenfell Tower, in which 71 people died, was caused by a faulty fridge-freezer.

 

Trent & Dove Fires 

There were two tumble–dryer fires in Trent & Dove homes in 2017.  Thankfully, there were no casualties, but the fires caused an estimated £80,000 worth of damage to the buildings, not to mention irreparable damage to personal items and months of displacement whilst clean up and repairs take place.   

Whilst Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Services attended both fires and extinguished them quickly, most of the damage was caused by smoke billowing through the properties.  

Trent & Dove has insurance covering our buildings but our insurance does not cover your contents. We therefore strongly recommend that you insure your contents so that if the worst does happen, you are able to replace your furniture, curtains, electrical items and personal belongings. 

What can you do to keep your family safe?

  • Clean behind your fridge or freezer so air vents do not get blocked.
  • Clean the filter on your tumble dryer regularly and remove fluff.
  • Do not put your washing machine or tumble dryer on overnight or when you are out of the house.
  • Register your electrical appliances at registermyappliance.org.uk. This website provides access to the registration pages of over 40 leading brands of domestic appliances, including most of the UK’s top selling brands of major white goods. Registering your appliances enables manufacturers to contact you directly to issue safety updates, repair notifications or recalls.
  • You can also check that none of your electrical appliances have been recalled at electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk. This website contains information about electrical products that have been recalled since 2007.

 For further home fire safety tips, please see our Safety at Home section. 

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