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WMFS supports appliance registration

24 January 2019

WEST MIDLANDS Fire Service (WMFS) is supporting ‘Register My Appliance Day’ (24 Jan) by urging people in the West Midlands to sign up for vital product safety info.

It only takes a few minutes and, by paying a quick visit to www.registermyappliance.org.uk, you can make it easy for manufacturers to contact you if there’s a safety issue with your large household appliances.

Our own website, wmfs.net, also has a NEW register product section where we’ve listed many of the UK’s major makers of appliances and electronics plus links to their product registration pages.

Whether it’s a new fridge or mobile, dishwasher or games console, it’s important that you register your goods. Sometimes manufacturers need to tell consumers about safety issues – but if you don’t register your contact details, how else will they reach you?

‘Register My Appliance’ is a safety initiative by AMDEA, the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, designed to help appliance owners register their details directly with dozens of leading brands.

You can even register some appliances that are more than a decade old.

Pete Wilson, our Head of Community Safety, said: “Two thirds of people have never registered an older appliance that they may have bought a couple of years ago, found in their homes when they moved in, or bought second-hand.

“We know that appliances are kept for many years and very few people realise they can register older ones. These are the products that are most difficult to trace if a safety repair is needed and only their current owners can let manufacturers know that they have them.”

In a small number of cases, manufacturers may identify problems with a product model once it has been in use for some time. A quick in-home fix by a qualified technician will usually remove any risk, but it can be very difficult to trace owners who haven’t registered their details.