Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to register home appliances following a fire in Rugeley.
It takes minutes to do – and by registering your appliance, manufacturers can contact you if that product has been noted as faulty or dangerous, and advise on the next steps.
On Thursday (12 November) just after 10am, a crew from Rugeley were called to a property in the Hawksyard area after a washing machine set alight.
Fortunately the blaze was small and had not spread to other items in the kitchen. The washing machine had been removed to the front garden by the resident and fire fighters used a hose reel jet to ensure that the fire was out and cool the appliance.
During the incident the crew investigated the cause of the fire and found the washing machine had been recalled in December 2019 amid fire safety concerns, after an issue had been identified with the door locking mechanism.
Mark Downes from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It is really important to register your electrical items and keep an eye out for any recalled items so you know not to use them.
“It takes minutes to do – and by registering your appliance, manufacturers can contact you if that product has been noted as faulty or dangerous, and advise on the next steps.
“If you are concerned about the safety of a product please stop using it immediately.”
The register my appliance website (https://www.registermyappliance.org.uk/) is designed to make it quicker and easier for the public to register all of their appliances. It provides up-to-date, accurate, contact information for owners who have acquired specific models of appliances within the last twelve years, so manufacturers can issue safety updates or repair notifications to the right homes. The 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.
You can also check if any of your electrical goods have been recalled by visiting the Electrical Safety First website. (https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/product-recalls/).