Faulty appliances in the home can pose a serious threat. In severe cases, an electrical fire could break out and this could happen at any time. Several studies have been carried out to find out the most high-risk appliances in an effort to make people more aware of the potential threat. There tend to be around 4,000 domestic electrical fires in the UK every year. Why is the number so high? And what can be done to stop it?
Firstly, there is an issue with companies failing to alert consumers about dangerous appliances. This might be because a product is quite old and it is difficult to track which households are using which products. There are countless risky appliances in homes around the country; accidents waiting to happen. In some instances, of course, the company is to blame for failing to alert consumers or to make them aware of the full threat posed.
However, another reason that faulty appliances may go unnoticed is because consumers often don’t sign up for recall notices, fearing that they will receive junk mail and cold calls. For many people, it is easier not to subscribe to the news, rather than deal with the hassle of potential advertising. What is more, research shows that many people ignore recall notices, particularly for smaller items, either because they see it as simply a minor inconvenience or don’t want to go to the effort of returning an item.
It is strange to think that people aren’t willing to make a little effort to avoid a potentially catastrophic result. Most electrical fires are started by bigger appliances, as you might expect. We are talking about dishwashers, tumble dryers and washing machines. Cookers, toasters, kettles and irons are among the other items you might expect to class as dangerous. However, many people are unaware of the threat posed by smaller everyday items like mobile phone chargers, hair dryers or even dodgy extension leads.
So What Can You Do About It?
At Leigh Electrical, we recommend that you sign up for recall notices. That way, if a company detects a problem, you will find out straight away and be able to make changes. You might incur an undesirable financial cost in replacing a faulty appliances, but consider you can’t put a price on the safety of you and your family.
Secondly, you might want to have your electrics tested. Our team of fully-qualified electricians would be happy to inspect and, if necessary, replace the wiring in your home. This reduces the risk of electrical fires and will give you the peace of mind that your home is a safe environment in which to live. We work mainly in the South Essex area, serving towns like Southend, Leigh on Sea, Westcliff, Chalkwell, Benfleet and more!
Featured Image: Dishwasher © Paul Tweedle, Flickr.