Fire Hazards In The Home: White Goods
Almost every home has white goods, which include washing machines, tumble dryers, fridges etc, but are you aware of the fire hazard that comes with them? Everyday there is at least one fire caused by white goods, which can sometimes have a fatal outcome.
With the high wattage, constant use with friction between components and possible lint stuck in the machine from clothing, white goods can pose a high risk.
Firstly, it’s important that you register your new appliance, as this puts you in a position to find out about any possible recalls. There are numerous recalls on white goods that you might not be aware of; but registering your product will put you in a position that makes it easier for manufacturers to contact you if a recall is in place.
In recent news, there have been over half a million recalls for Whirlpool white good appliances over fire fears, with over 45 different appliances affected, and still around 68% of all appliances not been located.
Secondly, if you’re buying a second-hand appliance, check the wiring and whether there are any existing product recalls on the product you’re buying, to keep yourself safe from potential hazards. Get the appliance tested to ensure it is in working order.
Lastly, when using your washing machine and tumble dryer, be sure you’re clearing out after every use. The filters in tumble dryers are renown for being a fire hazard, collecting lint and fluff from clothing, which could pose as a risk. Make sure you’re cleaning them out after every use, to keep yourself, your family and property fire safe.