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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Register electrical items bought on 'Black Friday'

22/11/2016

Seasonal shoppers are being urged to register any electrical gifts they snap up during the annual ‘Black Friday’ bonanza.

"In light of the statistics, I cannot stress strongly enough just how important it is to spend a few minutes completing the online form so that manufactures have your details and can contact you quickly and easily if they need to alert you of an issue with a particular product. Taking the time to do this could potentially save your life and your family’s life."

Fire Investigation Lead Paul Shaw

The pre-Christmas craze is expected to see shoppers splash out on millions of pounds worth of cut price items on November 25.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to register all electrical goods they purchase by filling in an online form at: http://www.registermyappliance.org.uk/.
This will help to protect them, and their loved ones, should a fault be identified with a particular product in the future.

Registering appliances allows manufacturers to contact the owner directly to inform them of potential issues and arrange for the fault to be fixed as soon as possible.

Fire Investigation Lead Paul Shaw said: "Black Friday has taken the UK by storm since it transitioned from the USA, with shoppers stocking up on sale-price Christmas presents on mass throughout one particular day. A large proportion of the goods bought are expensive electrical items which have been significantly reduced in price.

"In all the excitement of the festive period, it is easy to forget to register new electrical goods with the national Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMEDA), particularly if you have purchased items as gifts for friends or family.

"However, faulty electrical equipment is still a major cause of accidental blazes in homes across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. In the past three years there were 1,688 dwelling fires with 341 – 20 per cent – caused by faulty electrical equipment. During the same period of time, two people have lost their lives in this type of incident while six others have been injured.

"In light of these statistics, I cannot stress strongly enough just how important it is to spend a few minutes completing the online form so that manufactures have your details and can contact you quickly and easily if they need to alert you of an issue with a particular product. Taking the time to do this could potentially save your life and your family’s life."