Torbay: Fires Started By Home Appliances
12 July 2013, 11:10
Fire crews in Torbay were called to three fires within six days which all started in faulty electrical appliances.
At least one of the appliances, a dishwasher, appears on the manufacturer's recall list.
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is urging people to check the electrical appliances in their homes against the product recall lists on the following websites before a faulty appliance causes another fire:
Station Manager Darren Peters said: "Often manufacturers have tried to recall faulty products, but recalls typically have limited success with an average of only 10-20% of products returned.
"This means that there are potentially millions of faulty products in British homes."
- A washing machine fire in Upton Road, Torquay, on 28 June,
- A dishwasher fire in Higher Rydons, Brixham, on 3 July,
- A dishwasher fire in Rosemary Gardens, Paignton, on 4 July.
The make of dishwasher in the Brixham incident was on the manufacturer's recall list, with a risk of overheating and fire.
Advice on fitting and checking smoke alarms can be found on the Service's website: CLICK HERE