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HWFRS helps spread the registration message this Product Safety Week

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HWFRS helps spread the registration message this Product Safety Week

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is reminding appliance owners to register their fridges, washing machines or dishwashers this Product Safety Week (21–25 October 2019).

With an estimated 170 million large appliances in use in UK homes, the call is going out to all those who have yet to spend a few minutes on registermyappliance.org.uk recording details of these powerful machines. By doing so they ensure that they will be the first to know in the rare case of a safety notice or product recall.

Registermyappliance.org.uk, is a portal run by The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA), to make it quicker and easier for the public to register both new and older appliances, and to improve ownership data.

Two thirds (67%) of people have never registered an older appliance whether bought a couple of years before, that they found in their home when the moved in, or were by given by family or friends, or bought second hand, according to research commissioned by AMDEA.

Station Commander Amy Bailey wants to reach those people who might not realise that older models can also be recorded – the Registermyappliance site can take registrations for products up to 12 years old. Although anyone thinking of acquiring an older appliance should first check that they are not already subject to a recall on the Government recall listing

#ReactToRecalls is the subject of this week’s International Product Safety Week (21-25 October) and the campaign is co-ordinated by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) and supported by AMDEA.

SC Bailey is using #ReactToRecalls as an opportunity to urge UK householders to always be prepared for recalls, however infrequently they occur, by following Safety Matters for Appliance Owners.

“We obviously want everyone in the local community to be able to #ReactToRecalls and the most effective way you can do that is by registering your appliances,” said SC Bailey.

“We want to get the word out there, that even large white goods, whose history you may know very little about, can also be registered. This includes second-hand appliances as well as those inherited from a friend or even that chest freezer that was perhaps already in your home when you moved in!

“All can be registered — better safe than sorry.”

Safety matters for appliance owners @Registermyappliance.org.uk:

  • Register all your appliances for a safer home - Registermyappliance.org.uk provides access to over 60 leading brands. By simply clicking on the brand logo the user reaches a data entry form linked directly to the relevant manufacture. The vast majority accept registrations of products up to 12 years old.
  • Check if you have a recalled appliance right now - https://productrecall.campaign.gov.uk/
  • Follow recall instructions to the letter - If you receive a safety notice or a recall, it is important to follow the manufacturers’ instructions and act straight away #ReactToRecalls
  • If you’re unsure what to do contact your manufacturer or retailer - A quick Google search using your brand / UK / customer service will provide details for the manufacturer’s customer services team.
  • Share information with those around you who could be at risk - Ensure older and more vulnerable owners don’t miss out on any vital, free, product safety repairs by sharing information with neighbours or loved ones. Or take to social media and retweet messages @HWFire @regmyappliance

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