Most UK households use essential ‘white goods’ such as fridges, freezers, washing machines and tumble dryers etc. They are useful, time saving and enable efficiency to both families and people who live alone.
When shopping for such appliances, we expect good quality and reliability from them, especially as they cost a few hundred pounds brand new. What we don’t expect from these appliances is for them to malfunction in such a way to cause damage to the home or injuries to ourselves and loved ones.
There is no guarantee that an appliance won’t malfunction, it all depends on the age of it, where it was manufactured and the brand.
There have been reports in the media lately of washing machines and tumble dryers malfunctioning and causing fire to break out in people’s homes. There has also been a report of a glass door in a washing machine exploding, sending shards of glass flying everywhere.
Fire and other faulty appliance scenarios can be very dangerous. Claims Direct have put together some tips for you to help prevent such incidents occurring in your home in order to avoid potentially serious injuries.
1. Don’t leave your house or go to sleep while your washing machine or tumble dryer is on. This is so that if it does malfunction, you won’t be too far away to cut the power before the situation gets out of hand.
2. Don’t overfill your washing machine or tumble dryer as the machine won’t be able to cope with the extra clothing which may cause it to malfunction. A malfunction could be minor in that your clothes are not washed or dried properly, or it could be more serious such as an electrical issue.
3. Ensure any loose metal objects such as coins or belts are removed from clothing before going into the washing machine or tumble dryer. Also ensure that clothing with zips or metal buttons are turned inside out. This is to ensure they don’t hit the glass of the washing machine door during a cycle which could potentially weaken over time. In terms of a tumble dryer, by taking these precautions, it can prevent zips and metal buttons getting jammed inside the machine during a cycle.
4. Don’t just buy an appliance because it is cheap. Do your research into the brand to find out its background and reputation. Research the particular product you’re interested in and compare its quality and reliability to other brands before you commit to buying. This helps to give you piece of mind that you’re buying a reputable product that is reliable.
5. Clean your appliance and any filters regularly and get your appliance serviced when it is due. This is to make sure you get the best out of your appliance and the longevity expected of it.
6. Finally, make sure your smoke alarm is in good working order. It should be anyway, but double check it so that, if your appliance did malfunction and catch fire, you’ll be notified immediately so you and your family can get out of the house safely. Do not attempt to put out an electrical fire yourself unless you are qualified to do so. Once safely out of the burning building, notify the fire brigade so they can extinguish the fire safely and efficiently.
Always remember the importance of smoke alarms. They may seem insignificant on a day to day basis just sitting on your wall or ceiling, but, if fully functioning with a long life battery, they can save your life.
Not many people are aware that the UK Fire and Rescue Service carry out free fire risk assessments in your home. They will visit at a time to suit you and will advise on fire safety in your home. They will even help you to devise an escape plan in case a fire does break out. If you don’t already have one, many fire and rescue services will also fit free smoke detectors.
Claims Direct hope you have found this blog useful. To give yourself added reassurance about your appliance, you can visit the defective products register on the Electrical Safety First website to find out if your product has been recalled due to a fault.
If you have been injured due to a faulty product or appliance, Claims Direct lawyers will be able to assess your case on a No Win No Fee basis.
For a free consultation call us on freephone 0800 884 0321 or start your claim online and we will be happy to help.