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North Yorkshire Fire Service promoting 'white goods safety' to prevent household fires and save lives

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service are promoting white goods safety this week to prevent household fires and save lives.

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service are promoting white goods safety this week to prevent household fires caused by faulty appliances and save lives. The service are encouraging those who have recently purchased white goods to register them as soon as possible to stay in the loop regarding repairs and recalls. This includes fridges, freezers, washing machines and tumble dryers, which, if not maintained or are recalled, could be the cause of a fire in your home. https://twitter.com/NorthYorksFire/status/1353677105415024641   Are your white goods subject to repair or recall? Often white goods can be recalled or are in need of repair from the manufacturer due to a fault, which can occur months or even years after they have been purchased. White goods both old and new can be the cause of a fire, so North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service recommend always registering your appliances to stay in the loop with recalls and other important information. Are they genuine? Fake or counterfeit white goods often contain faulty or poor quality parts and can be the cause of fires and even electrocution in some cases. The following can be signs of goods being fake: Spelling mistakes on the packing or instructions No kitemark or an imitation one Packaging that looks like it may have been tampered with If you suspect that counterfeit goods are being sold, contact the Citizens Advice consumer service or by calling 03454 040506. Are you using them correctly?  Have you seen the video by Electrical Safety First of a toaster being turned on its side to make grilled cheese? Don’t try it at home! Misuse of white goods could cause a fire in your home. Ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct use of the appliance. You should also follow manufacturer’s instructions for installation of goods. E.g Fridges should be kept in dry, well-ventilated rooms and away from direct sunlight and radiators. When did you last clean/maintain them? It’s important to make sure that your white goods are regularly cleaned and maintained. This includes: cleaning ovens so there isn’t a build-up of fat clearing out the fluff/lint tray on your tumble dryer after every use checking and cleaning filters on washing machines cleaning the rear of fridges and freezers and ensuring the drainage hole is clear Ensure that you have working smoke alarms Think about your bedtime routine: Turn off or unplug appliances that don’t need to be left on overnight Ensure you have shut doors as this can stop fire from spreading Keep keys for doors and windows in an easily accessible place North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service also recommend ensuring you have an escape route planned in case a fire does break out in your home. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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