Household fire risks revealed

Washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers pose the greatest risk of household fires, according to a study by consumer group Which?.

Which? calls for Government action on appliance fires

Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said:

It's shocking that everyday household appliances can pose such a danger.

People's safety must be the priority, so manufacturers should act fast to recall products as soon as they realise they're faulty.

We want the Government and manufacturers to do more to analyse and release the data they collect on appliance fires to help reduce the thousands of fires that are caused by faulty products.

– Richard Lloyd

Which?: 3,700 fires a year caused by faulty appliances

According to the Which? figures, around 3,700 fires have been caused each year as a result of faulty appliances.

The watchdog found that a quarter (23%) of consumers have owned a product that was subject to a recall or safety notice.

Just over half (58%) were sent information directly from the manufacturer, while 67% of those that received information contacted the company for a repair or refund and a quarter (23%) stopped using the product or threw it away.

But 5% continued to use the product.

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Washing machines cause 14% of faulty appliance fires

Washing machines were responsible for 14% of fires caused by faulty appliances, Which? found. Credit: PA

Washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers pose the greatest risk of household fires, according to a study.

Fire service data over two years shows washing machines caused 14% of fires categorised as due to a faulty appliance, followed by tumble dryers (12%) and dishwashers (11%), consumer group Which? found.

Ovens were responsible for 8% of the fires, while televisions and microwaves each made up 3%, followed by electric blankets (2%) and irons (1%).

According to the figures, around 3,700 fires have been caused each year as a result of faulty appliances.