A consumer group has called on the government to ensure consumers are better protected against potentially hazardous electrical appliances.
Campaigning charity Which? claims faulty electrical devices are responsible for thousands of incidents every year. According to official figures, nearly 6,000 appliances or their electrical leads caught fire due to electrical problems in 2010-11.
The Department for Communities and Local Government’s response to a Freedom of Information request suggested that washing machines and tumble dryers were most likely to catch fire. Which? also discovered that one blaze caused by a dishwasher resulted in £86,000 worth of damage.
“We want the government to collect and analyse information on house fires caused by faulty appliances, by brand,” said executive director Richard Lloyd. “Greater transparency would alert manufacturers to products that are continually at fault and give consumers greater protection against faulty appliances.”