Last reviewed 7 May 2021
The UK trade Association for the Manufacturers of Domestic Electrical Appliances (AMDEA) has launched a campaign to raise awareness of how consumer registration of new and in-use household appliances can help keep homes safe.
Backed by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), the campaign offers Twitter and Instagram templates to share on social media with the hashtag #regmyappliance2021.
These can all be found at GOV.UK.
AMDEA explained: “As we return to the new normal, during Register My Appliance Week, the domestic appliance industry is reminding households to look around their homes and register the more than 100 million older appliances that helped sustain and often entertained them through lockdown.”
It cites a report on consumer attitudes to product safety, produced by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which showed that 49% of people never registered their products.
This adds up to over 210 million domestic appliances used in essential tasks such as cooking and refrigerating food, washing laundry and dishes and vacuuming.
The Association advises people to go to www.registermyappliance.org.uk where they can check the details of older appliances to see if they can still be registered.
Details of nearly 60 brands are available on this site with most welcoming products that are up to 12 years old.
The campaign highlights that the advantages of registering household appliances include being notified if a product is subject to a safety recall.
AMDEA Chief Executive, Paul Hide, said: “Whilst recalls on appliances are very rare and can normally be remedied with a free in-home repair, the key is to engage quickly with the owners of potentially affected models, to make the arrangements. Few people seem to realise that they can and should register older models”.