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Which appliance is most likely to catch fire? And how to keep you and your family safe


After the horror of the Grenfell Tower fire, it emerged that the huge blaze was started by a simple fridge-freezer.

The revelation prompted the government to ensure councils and housing providers make sure electrical appliances in homes are safe.

Leading charity Electrical Safety First (ESF), which is leading calls for reform, has released practical advice on things you can do now to ensure your appliances are safe.

The Chronicle launched the What Price Life? campaign, calling for a range of changes to how people are protected from fires in high-rise buildings, and we think you should know these tips.

The ESF also revealed which product is most likely to cause a fire.

Here’s everything you need to know and what you need to do to keep you and your family safe.

Grenfell Tower (main photo)

Which household appliances are most likely to cause a fire?

The ESF analyzed a list of 2,562 appliance fires in 2015 and 2016 and compiled this list.

The washing machine tops the list of the most dangerous appliances and is responsible for almost 1/5 of fires of this type.

1. 19% – Washing machines (482)

2. 18% – Dryer (460)

3. 15% – Electric cookers including oven (388)

4. 9% – Dishwasher (238)

5. 8% – Fridges/freezers ( 208)

6.5% – Extractor fans (136)

7.5% – Grill/toaster (135)

8.4% – Microwave (109)

9.4% – Other household appliances (92)

10.3% – Washer-dryer sets (66)

How can I make sure the devices in my home are safe?

This handy list of tips from the ESF should make sure your home products are up to snuff:

1. Buy from a reputable dealer/manufacturer and never buy second-hand appliances.

2. Always register your device with the manufacturer so that you will be notified in the event of a problem (more information below).

3. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

4. If you are concerned about an appliance in your home, use Electrical Safety First’s online product checker to see if it has been recalled.

On top of that, it must be said that this alone will not keep you totally safe and other fire safety precautions should be taken.

The most important thing is to make sure you have working smoke alarms on your property.

How can I register a device?

Everyone is encouraged to register their home appliances with the Home Appliance Manufacturers Association (AMDEA), the UK trade body representing over 85% of all appliances sold in the UK.

If a product is AMDEA approved, it means it meets a code of practice that ensures it is designed, tested and manufactured to high standards.

By registering your devices with them, you will be the first to know of any recalls when a product has been identified as potentially unsafe or any upgrades available to customers.

You can register here: www.registermyappliance.org.uk/registration/

How can I get more information?

Electrical Safety First is launching a new website dedicated to providing advice on this issue following the Grenfell Tower fire.

Starting July 12, you can visit www.whitegoodsafety.com to learn more.