Malfunctioning household appliances over a three-year period caused around 12,000 fires in Britain, research by the consumer group Which? has stated.
The research suggested that the main culprits were washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers and as a result of this, Which? is urging people to register the appliances that they buy with manufacturers. This would mean that they could be alerted of any recall. The group also brought forward research that was found by Electrical Safety First, which found that only a third of people register the electrical appliances they buy. Therefore, it is unlikely that they would be notified if manufacturers recall faulty items.
Obtained using the Freedom of Information Act, the government figures cover January 2011 to March 2014.
There is no doubt that this is a huge health and safety risk, with many products bought by consumers considered to be faulty and the reason for a fire to start. At the top of the scale, washing machines take 14% of the blame, causing a total of 1,723 fires. As stated, tumble dryers are also in the mix, causing 1,456 fires, about 12% of the total.
Dishwashers took 11% of the blame, cookers stand at 9%, fridges and freezers at 7%, central heating 5%, toasters, grills and microwaves at 4%, TVs 3%, washer dryers 2% and finally, irons at the bottom with 1%. These percentages were found by Which?.
This is also a wakeup call for manufacturers and businesses that sell these appliances and because of the results that have been found the government is reviewing the system for recalling appliances that may cause a threat to households.