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North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Supports Register My Appliance Day

19th January 2017

Serious about safety, remember to register www.registermyappliance.org.uk  

Today, on Register My Appliance Day (19th January), appliance manufacturers are reminding their customers that they can instantly improve their home safety by taking a few minutes to register the white goods that they rely on every day, have never registered, and completely forget they own.

As part of the Fire Kills campaign, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is backing this sensible and simple precaution, to ensure that householders can be contacted swiftly if a safety repair is ever needed.

As a bonus, to tempt owners to register their January sale bargains or the thousands of older models already running in their homes, many of the 60 leading brands on www.registermyappliance.org.uk are offering to enter registrants into free draws for a range of desirable prizes.

The latest YouGov survey for the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances[1] (AMDEA) has found that less than half (43%) of British adults usually[2] register their large domestic appliances with the manufacturer.  Of those that don’t always register, 39% said this was because they forgot and 29% didn’t think it was necessary.  Potentially they all risk missing out on product safety warnings.

According to recent official estimates[3], UK homes are currently using around 93 million (92.7m.) wet and dry[4] large appliances. They are kept for ten or many more years yet, unlike cars, the vast majority are untraceable and have never had a health check.

The YouGov survey also revealed that 70% of GB adults with a fridge or  fridge freezer over ten years old  have never had a professional review or check to verify if they are safely connected or running correctly.

The Register My Appliance web portal was designed by AMDEA to make it quicker and easier for the public to register both new and older appliances. By simply clicking on the brand logo the user reaches a data entry form linked directly to the relevant manufacturer, where the vast majority accept registrations of products up to twelve years old. It is supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, along with the majority of safety and consumer groups.

Group Manager Stuart Simpson from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service urges the public to register any recent purchases and not to forget about their older appliances: “Remembering to register household appliances is a vital part of keeping one’s home and family safe. These products are the workhorses of the home, often running daily and for many years, but it is all too easy to forget about them. Getting into the habit of spending a few minutes on www.registermyappliance.org.uk  guarantees the household will receive any relevant safety messages from the manufacturer and they should respond immediately. This simple admin task should become second nature to anyone who is serious about home safety.”

On Register My Appliance Day manufacturers are sending reminders to over 4 million consumers. With supporters including RoSPA, Trading Standards, Citizens Advice, Electrical Safety First and the National Landlords Association using both regional press and social media to promote registration on www.registermyappliance.org.uk

 

 


[1] All figures, unless otherwise stated are from YouGov survey for AMDEA, the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances. Total sample size was 2028 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 5th - 6th January 2017.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

[2] 28% say they always register and 15% claim they often register

[3] BEIS, Market Transformation Programme,  Energy Consumption in the UK, Table 3.12

[4] Fridges, freezers, washing machines, dish washers and tumble dryers. 

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