Kitchen

Appliances: Keeping Safe as Houses

If you own or rent a property it’s more than likely that you run, one or more, of the 93 million large white goods that householders across Britain rely on every day. However, it’s also more than likely that you have completely forgotten that you own these appliances and have certainly not registered them: apparently, less than half (43%) of British adults usually register their fridges, freezers or washing machines with the manufacturer.  Unfortunately, the absent-minded majority risk missing out on important product safety warnings...that could save a life.

Register

Fortunately, the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA), supported by the Government, has made it easy for you with Register my appliance - a web portal designed to speed up the task of registering both new and older appliances. By clicking on one of the over 60 brand logos, you can reach a registration form linked directly to the relevant manufacturer, where most accept details of products up to 12 years old. It can even be done on your smartphone. Simple!

Register my appliance

Once registered, in the rare instance that there is a safety action, a qualified engineer would visit your home to perform a quick fix, rendering the product safe for the rest of its life.

It’s the Simple Things

By letting the manufacturer know where to find you, in one fell swoop, you will vastly improve the safety of your property but there are a few other super simple things that you should keep in mind so that your home becomes the safe haven that it’s supposed to be.

AMDEA’s Top Tips

  • Register all your domestic appliances at registermyappliance.org.uk
  • Check a safety repair and recall listing to ensure no-one is already looking for you. 
  • Follow the installation instructions in your user guide.
  • Download a booklet online if it has gone astray.
  • Don’t use extension leads to plug in major appliances.
  • Get all gas appliances checked every year
  • Check your smoke alarms are working.
  • Buy an audible carbon monoxide alarm, make sure its marked to comply with the European safety standard BS EN 50291.
  • Remember to switch off electrical equipment, such as hair straighteners and mobile phone chargers, when not in use.
  • Keep the sides and back of your fridge clear from debris such as old carrier bags or newspapers.

Follow these simple tips and you’ll be as safe as houses.

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