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Register electrical Black Friday bargains

23/11/2017

Black Friday
Black Friday

Seasonal shoppers are being urged to register any electrical items they snap up during the annual Black Friday spending spree.

“Statistics show that faulty electrical equipment is the second biggest cause of accidental fires in homes. Therefore, 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 alert you quickly and easily of any issues 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 24.

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 allow them to receive important safety updates and recall information directly from manufacturers, ultimately protecting the purchaser and their loved ones from electrical faults which could cause a fire.

Fire Investigation Lead Paul Shaw said: “Each year it seems that Black Friday sales are growing ever more popular in the UK, with shoppers taking advantage of the sales to get early 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 1,705 accidental dwelling fires with 318 (18 per cent) caused by faulty electrical equipment or appliances.

“Statistics show that faulty electrical equipment is the second biggest cause of accidental fires in homes. Therefore, 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 alert you quickly and easily of any issues with a particular product. Taking the time to do this could potentially save your life and your family’s life. If you’re giving the item as a gift always include details of where/how they can register the product and encourage them to do so, perhaps you could write it on a second gift tag and include this within the product packaging.”