Call for safer fridges

A fire service has called for tougher safety standards for modern fridges and freezers after finding that they are the most dangerous household appliance when involved in a blaze.

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LFB calls for tougher safety standards for fridges

The London Fire Brigade is calling for tougher safety standards for fridges and freezers, which they say are the most dangerous household appliances.

Their report comes after six members of the same family were killed in a house fire in Neasden last year, when a blaze began behind a chest freezer.

In total, there are more than 300 fires involving fridges or freezers across the UK every year.So what can be done about it?

Our reporter Paul Brand spoke to David Robinson from the London Fire Brigade. Pictures of fridges in this report are from LFB Bureau Veritas.

London Fire Brigade: Fridge freezers are too dangerous

Fire Engine, London Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) is calling for tougher safety standards for fridges and freezers, in a new report out today.

According to the report, fridges and freezers are the most dangerous household appliances in a fire because they have large amounts of plastic, and highly flammable insulation.

Each year, there are an average 330 fires involving fridges or freezers in the UK, injuring about 70 people.

Six people died in a house fire in Neasden, North London. 2011. Credit: ITN

The LFB's report comes in response to a fire in Neasden, north London, that began behind a chest freezer and killed six people.

The report goes on to say that tougher safety standards in the United States results in less injuries.

In the US there is an average of one injury for every 25 fires involving fridges or freezers. In the UK, it's one in every five.

Rita Dexter, Deputy Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, said:

"London Fire Brigade wants to see tougher standards so that the highly flammable insulation in fridges and freezers is better protected from fire.

"In the meantime, our advice is that if people notice any strange noises coming from their fridge or freezer, they should call the manufacturer or an electrical repair expert immediately."

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