Firefighters are urging people in Gedling borough to to register old household appliances so they have a record in case a safety repair is ever needed.
Second-hand or older appliances that people rely on every day to handle essential chores such as chilling and cooking food for their families could be a safety risk.
A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “With less than a third of these large white goods registered when they were purchased (average 31% ), many leading manufacturers are offering prize draws or incentives to encourage owners to get their older fridges, freezers, washing machines, dryers and cooking appliances on record, in case a safety repair is ever needed.
“The Register My Appliance web portal, is a safety initiative designed by AMDEA to make it quicker and easier to register over sixty leading brands of appliances, directly with the manufacturer.
“Recognising the lack of ownership information on many older products, the majority of brands offer registration of products up to at least twelve years old.”
It was revealed that two thirds of people have never registered an older appliance that they may have bought a couple of years ago, found in their homes when they moved in, were given by family or friends, or bought second-hand.
Head of Prevention at NFRS, Andy Macey said: “We know that appliances are kept for many years and very few people realise that they can register older models. These are the products that are most difficult to trace if a safety repair is ever needed and only their current owners can let manufacturers know that they have them.”
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. Normally a quick in-home fix by a qualified technician will remove any risk, but it can be very difficult to trace customers, particularly if they purchased some time ago.
You can register your appliance online now at https://www.registermyappliance.org.uk/