Information has just been revealed from the London Fire Department, which tells us that the British public have paid £118m for damage caused by white goods in the last 5 years.
White good appliances such as fridges, dryers and dishwashers are the most likely components to start a blaze inside your property. Each fire that these appliances cause cost the property owner around £57,000 – this figure has been released as an estimate from the London fire department.
The campaign to look into the damage that white good appliances cause and how much money they cost for the public came after a tumble drier set a tower block ablaze in Shepherd’s Bush. It took 120 firefighters to eventually kill the fire. Luckily no one was hurt, but a lot were left homeless.
There is at least one fire a day in the UK alone due to white good appliances. The London Fire Brigade alone have been sent to over 2,000 incidents in the past 5 years where white good appliances have been the focal point of the incident. London Fire Brigade have urged Whirlpool, one of the manufacturers, to send out a safety warning on all appliances that pose a fire risk, and to send out engineers or recall the products as soon as possible to prevent further fires.
Public Loss Adjusters recommend that everyone be careful when purchasing white good appliances and check to see if there are any fire safety warning on the product before you make the purchase. We also recommend that everyone who already owns the appliances check online or with the company to see if there have been any fire safety warnings placed on the product. When using appliances such as dishwashers and tumble driers, make sure you keep a keen eye on them and when leaving the property make sure they are turned off by the mains to prevent safety risks and damage to your property.
If your property has suffered from a fire due to a faulty electrical appliance, then we are here to help. Before you get in touch with your insurance company, call us first. We are here to manage all negotiations with your insurer on your behalf. Don’t settle for less, settle for your full entitlement. In most cases our loss adjusters work on a no win no fee basis. Even if you just need a little advice, pick up the phone and give our experts a call now.