East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is calling on us to help protect ourselves from fire by signing up to product recalls.
The call comes as part of the Chief Fire Officer’s Association’s Home Safety Week (26 September-2 October 2016)
Mani Gilbert King, Assistant Director of Safer Communities at East Sussex Fire and Rescue said, “All appliances carry a risk of causing fires, but the good news is that if you use and look after them properly, you can reduce this risk. Check manuals or product guides for useful information about maintenance and cleaning. Registering products is another way of reducing your chances of using a faulty appliance and this Home Safety Week we want to encourage everyone to take this simple step. We also hope that you will be able to offer help to those less able to sign up”
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service attended 187 accidental fires in the home last year which were electrical fires – that’s around a third of all accidental dwelling fires. Wiring, cabling and plugs accounted for 54 of those. Toasters, grills and microwave ovens accounted for 44 fires. Washing machines and dryers caused 27 fires.
• Switch off appliances at the plug where possible before you go to bed
• Don't leave appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines running over night or when the house is empty
• If you have a recalled appliance - don't risk it - stop using it
• Poor installation and poor maintenance can increase the risk of an incident
• Good housekeeping, such as cleaning filters, can prolong the life of an appliance and reduce the risk of fire