Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service supports ‘Register My Appliance Day’ after Ash Green residents have a lucky escape!

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding residents to register appliances after a lucky escape for a pair of Ash Green residents. Crews from Bedworth, Nuneaton and an appliance from Foleshill responded to a house fire at 6:08 on Wednesday morning (10 January) which was started by a faulty dishwasher. Crews then discovered that the appliance had been recalled by the manufacturer in 2014.

Today (16 January) is the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Electrical Appliances’ (AMDEA) ‘Register My Appliance Day’. Until the end of January, many AMDEA members are rewarding customers who register their appliances, by automatically entering them into free prize draws.

On arrival crews were met by the two occupants, who were already outside the property. Luckily their smoke alarms had woken them up and they were able to get out of the property safely. Due to the severity of the smoke, the residents were given oxygen therapy by our crews, until the Ambulance service arrived.

Station Commander for Prevention Keith McDermott said: “What people don’t realise is that faulty electrical items are a leading cause of fire; in 2015/16 almost 60% of house fires in Warwickshire involved electricity, this is why it is so important to register your appliances. The fire was started by a faulty dishwasher which was confirmed as recalled by the supplier in 2014 but because the appliance was not registered, the owners were not notified. You can do this quickly and easily online at registermyappliance.org.uk.

“On this occasion the residents were very lucky. Had they not had smoke detectors fitted, we could well be looking at a different story now. You will see from the photos how quickly the fire spread and the difference shutting internal doors at night can make to containing a fire, giving you enough time to get out, stay out and call 999!”

Portfolio Holder for Fire and Community Safety Councillor Howard Roberts added:

“By registering your appliances, you are taking steps to avoiding a devastating fire in your home. If you have any concerns about an appliance not running properly or making a funny noise don’t just ignore it; seek professional advice.

“We want all Warwickshire residents to be safe in their own homes; ensure that you have working smoke alarms in place and that you have a fire safe bedtime routine, where you unplug electrical items such as dishwashers and tumble dryers and close all internal doors. It really could be the difference between getting out alive or not!”

For further information about fire safety in the home please visit: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/homefiresafety

Visit www.whitegoodsafety.com for advice on using your appliances safely