Consumer website Which? has released fire data obtained through Freedom of Information requests which shows faulty white goods such as tumble dryers, washing machines and fridge freezers are causing in excess of 60 house fires every week.
This figure has stayed at a similar level for five years, with malfunctioning kitchen appliances reportedly causing around 16,000 potentially deadly fires across the UK since 1 April 2012 says the investigation.
In the wake of the tragic Grenfell fire – started by a fridge freezer – the consumer champion is campaigning to keep potentially dangerous goods out of people’s homes, giving the Government until the 16 May 2018 to publish an Action Plan for the Office for Product Safety and Standards launched in January.
Their analysis showed that faulty tumble dryers and washing machines are the most high-risk appliances, causing over a third of fires (35%) between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2016.
Other high-risk appliances for the same period include cookers and ovens (11%), dishwashers (10%) and fridges, freezers and fridge freezers (8%).
Brands that cause concern include Whirlpool-owned brands Indesit and Hotpoint, Hoover and Beko.
Peter Vicary-Smith from Which? said: “It’s shocking that there are more than 60 house fires every week in the UK because of faulty appliances. People will undoubtedly be worried to hear our findings that some of the most common household appliances represent a disproportionate risk of causing a fire due to being faulty.
“The Government must now publish an action plan for the Office of Product Safety and Standards … setting out what it will do to keep dangerous products out of consumers’ homes and tackle Britain’s broken product safety regime.”
People wishing to sign the Which? campaign demanding action on dangerous products can visit: https://campaigns.which.co.uk/product-safety/.