AMDEA is using the start of Register My Appliance Week, which kicks off today and runs until 30th April, to remind and encourage consumers to visit registermyappliance.org.uk to log their home appliance details.
The association says that recent government research has found that 49% of people never registered their products, and the number of domestic appliances – used in essential tasks such as cooking and refrigerating food, washing laundry and dishes and vacuuming – total over 210 million. The poll also revealed that the vast majority (83%) of respondents did not know or did not think they could register an older appliance in use in their homes, that they had not purchased themselves. This included equipment they found in their homes when they moved in, bought second-hand, or inherited from family or friends.
Paul Hide, chief executive of AMDEA, said: “While 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. At a time when we are uniquely close to our kitchens, with our phones and tablets to hand, it is sensible to take this simple safety measure, to ensure manufacturers can get in touch.”