Register your appliances to help stay safe at homeOnly 55% of over 65 year olds always do

03 October 2015


Register your home appliances in case there's an important product recall

If you don't register your appliances you could miss out on vital, free product safety repairs. That's the message from the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) in Home Safety Week.

AMDEA is using the Chief Fire Officer Association's 3rd Home Safety Week (28th September - 4th October) to remind consumers to register their appliances at the Register My Appliance website.

Registering your appliances means that if a fault is found with a product you own, you'll be contacted quickly so that a qualified engineer can come to your home to fix the problem.

Yet 45% of over 65 year olds don’t always register their ovens, fridges and washing machines, according to a survey by YouGov Plc in December 2014.

This means that thousands of over 65s are missing out on free and vital product safety repairs. This is even more concerning given that 47% of all home fire fatalities occurred among the over 60s, according to the latest statistics from the Chief Fire Officers Association.

Which?'s unique research can tell you which are the most reliable washing machines, boiler brands and many more.

Can you trust your home appliances?

A recent Which? investigation found that thousands of faulty appliances to catch fire, and that it’s possible that some brands are more likely to catch fire than others.

We discovered that nearly 12,000 fires were caused by faulty home products between 2011 and March 2014 after we submitted a Freedom of Information request to the government.

Our research found that more faulty washing machines and tumble dryers caught fire than TVs or irons, and that more Hoover washing machines and Hotpoint dishwashers caught fire than we would be inclined to expect.

Find out more about the home appliances most likely to catch fire.

Smoke alarms that failed our tests

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Properly-performing smoke alarms can save your life in a fire

Your home is a place to be cherished but it’s also the place where the most accidents happen, which is why it’s important that you make sure it’s safe.

In the event of a fire, you’ll want a smoke alarm that responds quickly so that you and your family have the most time possible to escape. Our smoke alarm reviews revealed two smoke alarms that failed to go off in the times required by the British Standard when exposed to a common type of house fire in our tests and subsequent retests.

By contrast, those that we named as Best Buys that responded quickly and loudly to a range of different fire types, including a smouldering wood fire and a flaming liquid fire.

Head to Don’t Buy smoke alarms to find out which models we’d recommend you avoid, and what to do if you own one of them.

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