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Danger of white goods fires highlighted

25 March 2019

THE SCOTTISH Fire and Rescue Service has launched a hard hitting safety advert highlighting the dangers of white goods fires.

The 30 second clip – showing a household washing machine blaze – was unveiled on 22 March. 

The Service is driving this safety message as new statistics reveal that fire crews were called to 327 white goods fires during 2018. 

The cause of these fires included: Washing Machine – 121; Tumble Dryer – 111; Fridge / Freezer – 53; Dishwasher – 33; Washer / Dryer combined – five; Spin Dryer – four.

The campaign was officially launched today, on Friday, March 22, at Tollcross Fire Station by Scotland’s Minister for Community Safety, Ash Denham.

Deputy chief officer David McGown is the SFRS director of prevention and protection. 

He said: “We have taken this step because the public needs to be aware of the potential dangers posed by the unsafe use of white goods. 

“People may not associate white goods such as washing machines and tumble dryers with fire but we responded to 327 white goods fires last year alone – that is why we are launching this campaign.

“We know that the Scottish public has a high awareness of the traditional causes of fire in the home.  Cooking, smoking and alcohol are all factors which have been deservedly highlighted. 

“But the risk of fire from white goods is also one which we all face.  This campaign sets out to highlight not only the risk of fire but simple steps you can take to significantly reduce that risk to yourself, your family and all that is important to you.”

DCO McGown added:  “These new figures show that house fires involving white goods happen every week. 

“Our message is clear: use your white goods safely. Don’t risk it. If you’re out or asleep, it’s just not on.

“The SFRS is working closely with partners including Scottish Government, Safer Communities, Trading Standards Scotland and Electrical Safety First.   Together we have a common aim – to reduce the number and the impact of white goods fires.”

Minister for Community Safety Ms Denham said: “Everyone in Scotland should feel safe in their own home and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s safety campaign sets out key advice on how to reduce the risk of fires from white goods.

“We are determined to see a reduction in the number of house fires from white goods and this campaign has a vital role in ensuring the public has a heightened awareness of potential dangers in the home.”