Instead of details being recorded at the point of purchase, companies rely on customers completing and returning registration forms with their contact details — and telling them if they move or change telephone number. Earlier this year used to manufacturer domestic fridges. These were fires linked to faulty appliances and leads, and where the brand was identified. This will present itself in the unit constantly freezing up or being unable to maintain a freezing temperature. Although other domestic appliances can ignite — with the Mail previously highlighting the dangers of washing machines left running overnight or when owners are out during the day — the Fire Brigade says that fridge-freezers pose a particular danger. These two years were chosen for analysis because more recent data was incomplete, and data for previous years has already been analysed in the July 2015 edition of Which?. Lint buildup was cited as a factor in 2,609 of those cases.
Investigations found plastic backing used on some fridges and freezers can help a fire spread. The data we received reveals the number of fires deemed to have been caused by faulty household appliances or appliance leads between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2016. Beko disputed the basis of our claims and has since provided Which? Without accepting liability, Beko paid the Menzies family £1,500. Other details include the time of day that fires most often occurred and the number that resulted in injuries or deaths. It is important to note that all of these products pass existing standard requirements and the manufacturers and distributors are perfectly within the existing laws and fires due to refrigeration faults are rare.
But in that kind of system, responsibility can be unclear. Not all blazes are due to faults in the appliances. For the workplace, our fire awareness training includes a section on the most common causes of fires. Toasters and toaster ovens 1,335 902 36 1. There were several cases of devices that could turn on by themselves, including the October 2010 recall of 122,000 Electrolux-manufactured cooktops and ranges that could unexpectedly auto-start if liquids pooled under their control knobs. First, there is a light bulb of certain wattage and if the wire conductor gauge is reduced it can catch fire due to overheating. Did you receive a letter from Beko asking you to get in touch, or maybe the company has already modified your fridge freezer? It may be possible for the defrost timer located at the back of the fridge to fail, overheat and cause a potential fire hazard.
What are the fridges still being sold? Beko is urging customers to check their fridge freezer model number. These were fires linked to faulty appliances and leads and where the brand was identified. Beko settled last December, paying Noel a six-figure sum in compensation, but without admitting liability. An Argos spokesman said it is updating its website to make sure it lists correct information about what type of backing its appliances have. Dishwashers 1,015 1,015 199 7.
The backing that protects this insulation is currently made from either plastic, metal or aluminium laminate, depending on the make and model of refrigeration appliance you buy. Chambers then started the website KitchenAidFire. These have led to 71 serious injuries — and seven deaths. As Thomas tried to dampen the flames, their eldest son Sean, then 18, heroically lifted his sisters, Bethany and Leah, who were eight and six, from their beds and carried them, one under each arm, out of the house. There are a number of flammable components and electrical components inside the refrigerator that become the reason of fire inside the refrigerator. You can find a central website for several government agencies at , and some let you sign up for alerts.
Samples of metal and aluminium laminate backing less than 1mm thick were also able to withstand an open flame for a full five minutes. Water penetration into the casing of the mechanical defrost switch can produce severe arcing to the switch contacts. John Lewis said it has also updated its website to provide correct information about backings. And almost a third of those who owned a recalled product took no action. Why do the fires start? The upgrade might cost several hundred dollars, but considering that 30,000 fires are caused each year by arcing faults, it may be worth the expense.
All fridges, freezers and fridge freezers need insulation to keep cool. In line with customer demand, we are working with our suppliers to phase these out and only offer metal-backed fridges which we expect to complete by July this year. The failure of starter relays is said to typically cause severe heating to the coil assembly and external heat damage to the adjoining cabling. Most of these have metal backs, but are more expensive brands. Each level of your home and every bedroom should have one. Research analysing government fire data found that only 8% of fires caused by faulty household appliances were caused by fridge freezers, fridges or freezers.
He says that more refrigerators are ending up in his labs for analysis. Do you have a faulty Beko fridge freezer? However there is no evidence that anyone has been killed or injured as a direct result of flammable plastic backs. Hoover told us its market share averaged 8% in these two years. Samsung could be set for even more headaches after reports surfaced of another one of its products overheating and exploding. Though we sent our registration card in, we were never notified by Bosch of a recall. Statistically Beko models have been the most frequently subject to defect and resultant fires. People will be undoubtedly 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 fireman determined that our 7-year-old Whirlpool Gold side-by-side refrigerator caught fire. Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters See our Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Hundreds of potentially unsafe fridge and freezer models are still on sale — and you may be affected. The research also found that a number of models backed with plastic which manufacturers previously claimed was flame-retardant could speed up the spread of a fire, the consumer group said. In the latest update, in July, it was agreed that further independent testing would be carried out, to see if the standard should be modified further. Hoover also stressed its commitment to appliance safety and said that it complies with all safety laws. The company revealed earlier this week that 57 per cent of existing Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in Europe. They might recommend arc-fault circuit interrupters, which detect dangerous arcing of electrical currents caused by damaged wires, faulty appliances, and other problems.