White goods should be recorded, says ESF
Industry safety charity Electrical Safety First has urged that all white goods such as fridge freezers, washing machines and tumble dryers in tower blocks should be recorded and documented to prevent fires.
The call follows the introduction of the Fire Safety Bill earlier this year. An amendment to the bill has been tabled by Sir David Amess MP and campaigned for by Electrical Safety First. This would see a nominated ‘Responsible Person’ record the presence of white goods to minimise the risk faulty goods can pose in densely populated buildings. Keeping a record of the appliances in use would mean faulty recalled appliances could be removed or repaired.
Lesley Rudd, CEO of Electrical Safety First, commented, “Electricity causes more than half of all accidental fires in England and it’s time the issue was given the focus it deserves. We must do more to protect those living in tower blocks, which are some of the most densely populated housing stock in the country.”