Check It Tuesday
With recent media attention on the domestic appliances that have been the cause of some devastating house fires, Suffolk Trading Standards are running a campaign via social media to raise awareness of recalled products.
Every Tuesday, we are calling on our followers to “Check It“, requesting them to not only check the appliances in their own home, and the food in their cupboards, but those of their friends, family and neighbours.
The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) says one person is killed every seven days by an electrical accident and 350,000 people are injured annually, partly because of a “shockingly low” response to product alerts.
The charity found the average success rate of a product recall is just 10%-20%.
With around 400 products recalled each year and manufacturers making hundreds of thousands of items, it is thought millions of dangerous items stay in people’s homes.
Research by the ESC shows almost two million adults have knowingly ignored a recall notice and a further one million admit owning an electrical item that has been recalled.
How to get involved
Each Tuesday we highlight some of the products that are subject to product recalls, and all we ask of you is to do three things:
- Share the information with your followers on Twitter using the hashtag #CheckItTuesday and share the links on Facebook
- Check your home for the products that have been recalled
- Check the homes of your friends, family and neighbours who may not be aware of the recall
We know that returning a recalled product is not always convenient, especially if it’s an item that you use every day, but recall notices are issued to keep consumers safe. The small inconvenience of returning a recalled item is worth it when you consider that faulty products can electrocute or cause a fire, and recalled food items may cause illness or anaphylactic shock.
The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, the UK trade association that represents over 85% of all small and large domestic appliances sold in the UK, have created a new web portal designed to make it quicker and easier for the public to register all of their appliances.
Register My Appliance will provide up-to-date, accurate contact information for owners who have acquired specific models of appliances within the past 12 years, so manufacturers can issue safety updates or repair notifications to the right homes.
Visit www.registermyappliance.org.uk to register your appliance today.
The following are just some of the press releases that allege fires were caused after the product recalls were launched:
- Fire risk warning over faulty Beko fridge freezers
- Faulty dryer blaze left us homeless
- Devastating house fire prompts warnings over recalled dishwashers
- 479,000 potentially dangerous Bosch dishwashers in UK
- Warning on tumble dryer fires
- Fire service repeat warnings after family’s narrow escape from dishwasher fire
- Father calls for change to law after faulty cooker kills son