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.
However, there are dangers to be aware of caused by bad design and poor quality. These are often warned about in manufacturer’s safety notices. This section contains important information, tips and resources related to white goods appliance safety. Not just when attempting DIY repairs, but when installing, or using white goods appliances in general. It also covers associated products like detergent.
Unattended appliances cause many house fires. Three people have died and 300 injured by tumble dryer fires alone in recent years ”
Don’t buy one of these Fridge Freezers!
Are you thinking of buying a new fridge, freezer or fridge-freezer? Do not buy one with a plastic back that is not flame resistant! Which? have carried out research, and provided a list of the appliances that failed. Although fires are relatively rare, they happen more than you might think and having a flammable plastic back can be fatal.
Featured Appliance Safety Warnings
Try to read as many safety related warnings as you can. Here are two new ones relating to tumble dryers – Don’t stop a tumble dryer before it’s finished the cycle | How can a tumble dryer catch fire when unplugged?
Tumble dryer fire risks
Potentially millions of Hotpoint Creda and Indesit tumble dryers are affected by a recent fire risk safety notice. Over 100 different models are affected manufactured over an almost 12 year period so this is going to affect most tumble dryers from these brands – Hotpoint Creda & Indesit Tumble Dryer Fire Risk
Door glass exploding on washing machines
I avoid being sensationalist, but I’ve had over 90 reported incidents including 22 reports of spontaneous washing machine door glass shattering with no warning which makes this is a genuine concern – exploding washing machine door glass. This subject is now 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
How dangerous are our appliances?
This is part 1 of a series of articles on the dangers of appliances – especially fire risks. Read how dangerous are our appliances? to help wake you up to the real dangers and make your home a little safer.
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.
Washing machines “exploding”
There have been many cases of washing machines “exploding” during spin. This is different to the door glass issue (above). The issue seems to affect a few specific brands and mostly ones made several years ago. It has been acknowledged as a manufacturing fault by some manufacturers. For more details read this article Hoover Candy Hotpoint & Indesit washing machines exploding
More appliance safety notices
The safety notices highlighted above are only a few of the more serious or recent ones. Make sure you check out all of the warnings I’m aware of and have published below. Manufacturers don’t issue safety notices lightly so these should be taken very seriously. They are only issued when there is a known risk of injury, electric shock or fire – and sadly – often only when people have already suffered serious consequences. Make sure you check this list below regularly which covers all white goods. Note – this list is never guaranteed to include all published notices – only ones I’m aware of.
- Official Safety notices – all appliances
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