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Sadly, our essential white goods appliances can be dangerous. Most aren’t of course, and many are only dangerous if we don’t use them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Or if we don’t look after them properly.
Use this section to learn about dangers you can avoid and risks that you never even knew about. For example, did you know you that you shouldn’t use fabric softener on children’s clothes?
This section contains important information, tips and warnings related to white goods appliance safety.
Not just when attempting DIY repairs, but when installing, or just using white goods appliances in general.
Featured Appliance Safety Warnings
250 Fridges & Freezers to AVOID
Warning: Do not buy a new fridge or freezer with a flammable plastic back. Which? have provided a list of the ones that failed their tests. Although relatively rare, fires happen more than you might think. Having a flammable plastic back can be fatal!
Tumble Dryer Fire Risk
Potentially millions of Hotpoint Creda and Indesit tumble dryers are affected by a fire risk safety notice. Over 100 different models are affected. They were manufactured over an almost 12 year period, so this affects millions of dryers from these brands – Hotpoint Creda & Indesit Tumble Dryer Fire Risk
Washing machine Door glass
Over the last 10 years I’ve had over 90 reported incidents including 22 reports of spontaneous washing machine door glass shattering with no warning. Reports have slowed down recently but it remains a genuine concern – exploding washing machine door glass. This subject has in the news.
Many children (especially under 5s) have been hospitalised, and some have suffered life-threatening injuries from these soft attractive detergent capsules. These detergent capsules are very beautifully designed, and can look very attractive or even edible to children – detergent capsules danger to children
Although any domestic appliance can catch fire, I have had more people report instances of dishwashers catching fire than any other appliance. This article features quotes and warnings from several people who experienced dishwasher fires first hand.
How dangerous are appliances?
Our appliances can be DANGEROUS: Wake up to the dangers and make your home a little safer
Official Safety Notices
Reduce risk to you & your family. Check if one of your appliances is potentially lethal
Safety Tips Advice & Warnings
Safety warnings & Tips for using Appliances
DIY Repairs SAFETY
Don’t be complacent – or over confident