Did you know that there were more than 16,000 kitchen appliance fires from April 2012 to April 2017 in the UK alone?
All different types of household appliances can cause fires from tumble dryers and toasters to fridges and freezers electrical faults cause roughly 60 house fires a week in the UK. Household appliances need to be properly checked and cleaned on a regular basis to avoid potentially deadly fires.
The tragic events at Grenfell tower last year which claimed the lives of 71 people was initially started by a faulty kitchen appliance showing the serious risks that can occur. While most household appliance fires are fortunately not as severe this event shows just how dangerous these appliances can be and the importance of proper maintenance.
What is The Cost of Faulty Appliances?
Kitchen appliance fires can cause as little as £200 in damage all the way up to entire properties burning to the ground resulting in upwards of £100,000 of damages as well as the risk of possible harm to people and animals inside the property.
Washing machines are the most likely kitchen appliance to cause a house fire as they were responsible for at least 35% of appliance related fires between 2014 and 2016 with over 2,000 reported cases. House fires from appliances can start for a number of reasons such as faulty hardware from the manufacturer, damaged hardware from various everyday occurrences to simple dirt and grime build-up.
Public Loss Adjusters recommends a few quick and easy tips for general fire safety and to help reduce the risk of appliance malfunctions.
Make sure you have sufficient smoke alarms and they are tested regularly.
Smoke alarms are absolutely essential in keeping you safe in the event of a fire. We recommend a minimum of one smoke alarm per floor as well as fitting alarms in all potential fire-starting locations. Testing your fire alarms is crucial and should be done at least once a month.
Clean Machines Regularly
Washing machines collect a large amount of grime and lint over the duration of washing clothes so it is important for clean your washing machine to reduce the chance of fires and to help wash clothes more effectively.
Register your electrical appliance from The Moment of Purchase
Without registering your appliance, you will receive no notification if a recall order is put out on that faulty product, while a faulty product does not mean it is an extreme fire risk getting the appliance serviced will reduce the risk.
If you are unable to register the electrical appliance try using a free online checker
There are multiple websites that you can use to check any recall orders or other potential issues with specific electrical appliances simply put in the name and make of your product and any relevant information will be displayed.
Never leave a washing machine running without supervision
We don’t expect you to sit next to the washing machine for the full running time but simply having a person in the house while it is running means someone can supervise the cycle ensuring that any issues during use will be discovered before it has significantly affected the property. One thing we would recommend would be to never leave your property unattended whist you have a washing machine or tumble drier in use.
Help With Insurance Claims Resulting From White Goods Fires
If your property has already suffered from a fire due to a faulty kitchen appliance or any other electrical item, then we are here to help.
Our experts are here to ensure that you receive your full entitlement when you need our help with an insurance claim. We will manage all negotiations with your insurer on your behalf. Don’t settle for less, make sure you receive 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 on 08000 434 999 or contact us via our contact page.