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    Ministers 'must act on faulty white goods fire risk'.

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    Ministers 'must act on faulty white goods fire risk'.

    Post by papa_umau on Mon 21 Aug 2017, 11:39 am

    More people will die in house-fires if faulty white goods are not fixed before purchase.

    More people will die from fires started by faulty white goods if ministers do not act to implement recommendations, the London Fire Brigade, the city's mayor, and safety groups have warned.

    In a letter to Theresa May, they say some fridges and freezers are being sold with a flammable plastic backing.
    People continue to use products that are subject to recalls, it adds.

    The warning comes a year after a tower block fire in west London, started by a faulty tumble dryer.

    The letter also refers to the fire from August 2016 in Shepherds Court, which began in a Indesit dryer.

    Read the whole story from The BBC HERE




    Surely it is not a lot to ask for that the design of new white goods should be good enough NOT to go on fire after a few years use.

    What say you ?


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    Re: Ministers 'must act on faulty white goods fire risk'.

    Post by zathrus on Thu 24 Aug 2017, 11:31 am

    This needs to be fixed in the design phase and not left to get dangerous as they grow old.

    It certainly does not look as if the quality control people or the Health and Safety Executive are taking enough to do with this.
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    Re: Ministers 'must act on faulty white goods fire risk'.

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 25 Aug 2017, 12:28 pm

    I must agree that if the design was right, instead of going on fire when such machines get old they should just stop working. Then, it will be up to the owners to either get them fixed to high safely standards or simply get rid of them as outdated.

    That is what happens to almost all of the other electric and electronic goods.


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    Re: Ministers 'must act on faulty white goods fire risk'.

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 26 Aug 2017, 11:47 am

    Surely this problem can be sorted when the manufacturers come to the point of putting a fire-safety sticker on their machines.

    The consumer watchdogs should be ensuring this long before these dangerous machines come out of the factory gates.

    Here is the Fire-Safety standard that applies in the UK - http://www.firesafe.org.uk/the-british-standards-specification/

    This standard just needs to be enforced properly.
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    Re: Ministers 'must act on faulty white goods fire risk'.

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 27 Aug 2017, 12:15 pm

    Thanks for that important information Angie.

    I think that so long as the machines are safe to run after manufacture and sale the fire-safety regulations might not apply to them at that point.

    Unlike clothing and such-like, which have to be up to a fire-safety standard at new point of sale, it would be very difficult to enforce fire-safety regulations on an old white-goods machine.

    I think the minimum that the Fire-safety authorities could do would be to force the manufacturers to put metal backs on their machines, ( especially fridges and freezers ), instead of flammable plastic ones.


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    Re: Ministers 'must act on faulty white goods fire risk'.

    Post by Hell's Granny on Sun 03 Sep 2017, 12:52 pm

    It was actually one of these plastic backed fridge/freezers which started the Grenfell Tower Fire.
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    Re: Ministers 'must act on faulty white goods fire risk'.

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 03 Sep 2017, 12:54 pm

    Yes, it certainly was HG.

    And, I think it was that incident and awful disaster that is now making the government and the H&SE sit up and pay attention.


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