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?.

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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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