Suffolk proudly supports Register My Appliance Week

To mark Register My Appliance Week – taking place from 17 to 21 January – Suffolk County Council is urging the public to register their many treasured appliances that, unlike our cars, are still off the radar if a free safety repair is ever needed.

We all rely hugely on our fridges, washing machines and microwaves for keeping our busy lives on track, but would your appliance manufacturer know which machines you have and where to find you if a fault came to light with your model?

The answer is ‘no’ for some 100 million appliances, according to recent research. But this could all be remedied by people taking a few minutes to register their much-loved items.

To mark Register My Appliance Week – taking place from 17 to 21 January – Suffolk County Council is urging the public to register their many treasured appliances that, unlike our cars, are still off the radar if a free safety repair is ever needed.

This is more important than ever, as it’s estimated that we are now running over 212 million essential appliances to cook, wash clothes and dishes, clean floors and store our food.  

While the recent increase in online purchasing (reportedly soaring as high as 70%) and the advent of smart appliances will all help to improve traceability, research found that 49% of us have never registered a product, leaving millions of large and mid-sized older machines totally untraceable.

As part of the Fire Kills Campaign, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, along with Suffolk Trading Standards, is encouraging people to make their homes safer by registering machines at registermyappliance.org.uk

Cllr Andrew Reid, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Public Protection and Communities, commented: “We all aim to keep our appliances running efficiently for many years, benefitting both our wallets and the environment. This places an important emphasis on the maintenance and registration of machines – helping them to last longer, whilst also ensuring the safety of users.

“Registering an appliance can be easily done regardless of whether this was already in situ at a property when you moved in, bought second-hand, or installed many years ago, as you don’t need to have a receipt or know exactly when the item was first purchased.

“This campaign has prompted me to register my own appliances, and I would urge all Suffolk residents to do the same to help minimise the risk of fire posed by dangerous or faulty products which have been recalled.”

Register My Appliance is a web portal developed by the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) to improve ownership data by making it quicker and easier for householders to register old and new appliances. 

Offering access to over 60 of the nation’s leading brands, the vast majority of manufacturers on the site welcome registration of products up to 12 years old or even older.  

Handy tips guide the user through how to find the important model details, meaning all the user needs to supply is their name and address. This data then goes directly to the manufacturer for use exclusively in case of a recall. 

To increase safety and the life of appliances the Register My Appliance portal also offers:

·                   A listing of appliance safety repairs and recalls

·                   Hints and tips on household safety

·                   Recommendations for appliance care 

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