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As part of a commitment to building a safer Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has launched a hard hitting new advert highlighting the dangers of white goods fires. The 30 second clip shows a household washing machine blaze.
White Goods safety advice and tips:
1. IF YOU’RE ASLEEP, IT’S JUST NOT ON
Keep your loved ones safe. Don’t leave appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers or tumble dryers running while you’re sleeping.
2. IF YOU’RE OUT, IT’S JUST NOT ON
Leaving appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers on when you are out of the house leaves your home at unnecessary risk. If you’re not home, make sure your appliances are switched off.
3. REGISTER YOUR WHITE GOODS
It only takes a few minutes register the appliances we rely on to handle our daily essential chores, chill food and cook for our families, visit www.registermyappliance.org.uk to register yours.
In a small number of cases, manufacturers may identify problems with a model once the product has been in use for some time. They then need to contact owners to get the fault corrected as quickly as possible. Registering your appliances makes sure you’ll know if a safety issue is identified.
4. PRODUCT RECALLS
Look out for product recalls. Manufacturers may, on occasion, issue product recall notices for electrical appliances where the product could affect the safety of the user / consumer. Simply check out the list of products recalled on the Electrical Safety First website (click here) to find out if your product is listed as a recall item. There is also a section which explains what to do with your recalled product. You can also keep up to date with all the latest product recalls by following the new SFRS Your Safety social media channels.
5. ARRANGE A FREE HOME FIRE SAFETY VISIT
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service offer a free Home Fire Safety Visit service. The visits only take around 20 minutes and help householders identify possible fire hazards and make sure that their home is safer.
To request a free home fire safety visit for you or someone you know, call 0800 0731 999 or text FIRE to 80800 or visit www.firescotland.gov.uk
If you have decided that you want the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) to undertake a Home Fire Safety Visit, it is important that you understand how your personal information will be collected and used, and what rights you have when it comes to your information. SFRS have a full HFSV Privacy Notice available on our website which explains all of this and if you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us at SFRS.GDPR@firescotland.gov.uk.
White Goods Fires in 2018
The SFRS is driving this safety message as the latest statistics reveal that fire crews were called to 327 white goods fires during 2018:
- 121 washing machine fires
- 111 tumble dryer fires
- 53 fridge freezer fires
- 33 dishwasher fires
- 5 washer dryer fires
- 4 spin dryer fires
The campaign was officially launched on Friday, March 22, at Tollcross Fire Station by Scotland’s Minister for Community Safety, Ash Denham.
Deputy Chief Officer David McGowan is the SFRS Director of Prevention & Protection, he said:
“We have taken this step because the public needs to be aware of the potential dangers posed by the unsafe use of white goods. People may not associate white goods such as washing machines and tumble dryers with fire but we responded to 327 white goods fires last year alone – that is why we are launching this campaign. We know that the Scottish public has a high awareness of the traditional causes of fire in the home. Cooking, smoking and alcohol are all factors which have been deservedly highlighted, but the risk of fire from white goods is also one which we all face. This campaign sets out to highlight not only the risk of fire but simple steps you can take to significantly reduce that risk to yourself, your family and all that is important to you.”
DCO McGowan added:
“These new figures show that house fires involving white goods happen every week. Our message is clear. Use your white goods safely. Don’t risk it, If you’re out or asleep, it’s just not on. The SFRS is working closely with partners including Scottish Government, Safer Communities, Trading Standards Scotland and Electrical Safety First. Together we have a common aim – to reduce the number and the impact of white goods fires.”
The campaign will see safety adverts and features appearing across press, radio and television in Scotland. To coincide with the campaign the Service is also launching two new social media channels offering helpful safety tips and advice: