2021 – Fire Safety: Landlords urged to check white goods…

In recent years the demand for cheaper appliances has led to literally millions of white goods released to the market with manufacturing faults causing them to be unsafe.

Despite campaigns by the; London Fire Brigade, Which ?, National Fire Chief Council, Government and more, there are still thought to be hundreds of thousands of unsafe white goods in use, creating safety concerns and often potential risk of fire.

Housing associations, councils and private landlords have been focusing on expensive remedial works, with the removal of combustible materials and remediation of other building safety flaws expecting to cost the sector in excess of £10 billion, following the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Whilst these works are imperative for the safety of residents, it is important to look at the cause of many of these fires. With London Fire Brigade reporting one fire per day caused by faulty tumble dryers, washing machines and dishwashers and in excess of sixty fires per day nationally, as a result of faulty whitegoods, reported by Which ?

Across common white goods, design flaws have been identified across numerous brands including: Whirlpool, Hotpoint, Beko, Indesit, Logik, Creda, Siemens, Samsung, ProLine, Swan, Ariston, Bush, Cooke & Lewis, Blomberg, LG, Haier, White Knight, Danfoss, Caple, Bosch, Zanussi, Neff, LEC, AEG and Miele with the lists of models believed to have affected over 6 million households.

Housing associations, councils and all landlords can check appliances against registers: www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk or the government www.productrecall.campaign.gov.uk but this is not always easy due to worn or difficult to read model numbers on the appliances and the scale of the task at hand.

CLM are sector specialists who want to help make lasting change that could make us all safer and are providing a FREE fire safety asset check to appliances throughout 2021. Their team of trained advisors can quickly identify and reference un-safe models in real-time, with efficient reporting and processes to protect your residents.

To find out more or book your FREE fire safety asset inspection, e: info@clm-services.co.uk