We all rely hugely on our fridges, washing machines and microwaves for keeping our busy lives on track, but would your appliance manufacturer know which machines you have and where to find you if a fault came to light with your model?
The answer is ‘no’ for some 100 million appliances, according to recent research. But this could all be remedied by people taking a few minutes to register their much-loved appliances.
To mark Register My Appliance Week (from 17 to 21 January) MFRS is urging the public to register their many treasured appliances that, unlike our cars, are still off the radar if a free safety repair is ever needed.
While the recent increase in online purchasing (reportedly soaring as high as 70% ) and the advent of smart appliances will all help to improve traceability, according to government estimates we are now running more than 212 million essential appliances to cook, wash clothes and dishes, clean floors and store our food. Yet official research also found that 49% of us have never registered a product, potentially leaving some 100 million large and mid-sized older machines untraceable.
As part of the Fire Kills Campaign, MFRS is encouraging people to make their homes safer by registering machines at registermyappliance.org.uk
Watch Manager, Prevention and Home Safety, Faris Ali, said: “As we all aim to keep our appliances running efficiently for many years, maintenance and registration of machines becomes increasingly important. Whether we found the appliances in our homes when we moved in, inherited them from family or simply installed and forgot about them. Registration can be done easily – even in these circumstances – because the process can be completed at registermyappliance.org.uk without a receipt or knowing exactly when the appliance was first bought.”