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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service support Register My Appliance Week 17 – 21 January 2022

We all rely hugely on our household appliances for keeping our busy lives on track, but would your appliance manufacturer know which machines you have and where to find you if a fault came to light?

The answer is ‘no’ for some 100 million appliances, according to recent research. But this could all be remedied by people taking a few minutes to register their much-loved appliances.

To mark Register My Appliance Week (from 17 to 21 January) the Service is urging the public to register their many treasured appliances that, unlike our cars, are still off the radar if a free safety repair is ever needed.

While the recent increase in online purchasing (reportedly soaring as high as 70%[1]) and the advent of smart appliances will all help to improve traceability, according to government estimates we are now running more than 212 million[2] essential appliances to cook, wash clothes and dishes, clean floors and store our food. Yet official research[3] also found that 49% of us have never registered a product, potentially leaving some 100 million large and mid-sized older machines untraceable.

As part of the Fire Kills Campaign, we are encouraging people to make their homes safer by registering machines at registermyappliance.org.uk

Group Commander (Homes Roads & Leisure Safety Manager) Robert Hulatt said:

“As we all aim to keep our appliances running efficiently for many years, maintenance and registration of machines becomes increasingly important. Whether we found the appliances in our homes when we moved in, inherited them from family or simply installed and forgot about them. Registration can be done easily - even in these circumstances - because the process can be completed at registermyappliance.org.uk without a receipt or knowing exactly when the appliance was first bought.”

Register My Appliance is a web portal developed by the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) to improve ownership data by making it quicker and easier for householders to register old and new appliances. Offering access to over 60 of the nation’s leading brands, the vast majority of manufacturers on the site welcome registration of products up to 12 years old or even older. Handy tips guide the user through how to find the important model details, meaning all the user needs to supply is their name and address. This data then goes directly to the manufacturer for use exclusively in case of a recall.

A recent AMDEA survey of appliance users nationwide, in both rental and owned properties, revealed that the vast majority (83%) of respondents did not know or did not think they could register an older appliance that they had not purchased themselves. The predominant reasons for not believing this possible were not knowing the dates of purchase (59%) or not having the receipts (48%) – neither of which applies to registration as a safety precaution.

To increase safety and the life of appliances the Register My Appliance portal also offers:

  • A listing of appliance safety repairs and recalls
  • Hints and tips on household safety
  • Recommendations for appliance care

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Notes to editors

  1. AMDEA is the UK trade association for manufacturers of large and small domestic appliances; representing over 85% of the domestic appliance industry, rising to 90% of white goods brands. Members’ products include most of the UK’s top selling brands of major white goods, other large and small kitchen appliances, heating, water heating, floor care, waste disposal and ventilation equipment.
  2. The Register my appliance web portal was designed by AMDEA to make it easier to register both new and older appliances. By simply clicking on the brand logo the user reaches a data entry form linked directly to the relevant manufacturer, where the vast majority accept registrations of products of at least 12 years old.
  3. Register My Appliance is supported by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, along with most safety and consumer groups.

[1] Euromonitor, January 2021, Consumer Appliances

[2] BEIS, ECUK September 2021, Table A2

[3] BEIS September 2020, Consumer attitudes to product safety, page 22