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WHITE goods have been the cause of an average of 150 fires attended by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service over the last five years.
These incidents have seen an average of 22 people each year need medical attention ranging from first aid to more serious injuries.
So, on Register My Appliance Day today, 24 January, it's worth ensuring that the large appliances you rely on every day to handle essential chores, chill food and cook for your family are registered, just in case a product recall or safety repair is ever needed.
It takes just a few minutes to register your older fridges, freezers, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers and cooking appliances at www.registermyappliance.org.uk
With less than a third of these large white goods registered when they were bought (average 31% ), many leading manufacturers are offering prize draws or incentives to encourage owners to get their appliances on record. The majority of brands offer registration of products up to at least 12 years old.
HWFRS Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis says that 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."
The Register My Appliance web portal, is a safety initiative designed by Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) to make it quicker and easier to register over 60 leading brands of appliances, directly with the manufacturer.
Getting your appliances on record might just save your life.