Articles related to electrical equipment safety notices mainly around portable appliance testing

Safe PAT testing for Home Workers

Home visits provide a unique opportunity to carry out Covid - safe PAT testing of electrical equipment provided by companies for their staff to use whilst working from home. Safe PAT testing for Home Workers - home visits If your staff are working from home due to Covid, as an employer you want the peace of mind that the equipment you supply staff with is as safe now as it was when it left the office. For some, it has been over 6 months now (Oct 2020) since the equipment was taken home and it may have missed it's regular PAT test. Even if it's regular check hasn't been missed how do you know the appliances didn't get damaged in transit or are being used appropriately at home? We have the solution - safe PAT Testing outside your staff homes We have been working through Covid and one of the most regular issues we're finding is the amount of equipment that is being used by staff at home, and how little of it has been checked since it left the office, and what is the solution to check it [...]

Check if your Whirlpool washing machine is being recalled

Check if your Whirlpool washing machine is being recalled You may have seen in the news recently that Whirlpool are recalling certain models of washing machines manufactured under the Hotpoint and Indesit brands between 2014 and 2018. Whirlpool have identified that certain models pose a fire risk. We want you and your home to be safe, check if your washing machine is affected by visiting the Whirlpool website. To ensure you are notified every time an appliance gets recalled, register your appliances.  Use this tool to check if you have had any electrical product recalled 

2021-09-08T06:01:07+00:00Safety notices|

Don’t forget about electricity – it can be a silent killer

Electricity is present in every workplace and every electrical appliance used in workplaces, all over the United Kingdom (and the world). Electricity is invisible, taken for granted and usually overlooked as a workplace hazard - mainly because we have all become so used to it being there; but also because the appliances we use protect us so well. When your electrical appliances are working correctly, they are protecting you and you have nothing to worry about, but when they go wrong the risks are high. Electricity is a major workplace hazard - it can electrocute, burn, start fires and even cause explosions - electricity is a silent killer! Assessing the risks from electricity is straight-forward, if you know what you're doing. We assess the risks every day, when testing your appliances, and when determining suitable periods until they should next be tested. The hazards are well known, and obvious, the assessor has to consider who could be affected, and what situations could put someone in contact with faulty electrical equipment. Don't forget - the effects of defective appliances can be lethal. In order to prevent danger to users and your business, from defective electrical equipment, you should enlist [...]

2020-04-26T18:47:14+00:00Safety notices|

Registering and checking appliances is very important

Checking if an appliance has been recalled Grenfell was a shocking incident (some info), and what it showed us was that electrical appliances do catch fire, they can cause major issues and they should be maintained better. It’s led to all kinds of campaigns and awareness raising such as the need for registering appliances and checking appliances against recall notices - how many appliances are still in rented properties that the landlord doesn’t know have recall notices on them? Potentially hundreds or thousands, and one day they may catch fire, and that may be your fridge in the flat you own with the tenant who trusted you, asleep in the bedroom. Don’t take chances with electrical safety, UK laws are changing inline with Scottish best practice - electrical systems now have to be tested every 5 years - appliances, which by very nature present a bigger risk should be tested more often and it’s only a matter of time before laws are brought into force them too. Better you get in now, in fact why should a law make you act to protect your tenants? It should be what you do as a caring landlord, the fact [...]

2021-09-05T19:48:45+00:00Safety notices|

New guide to improve consumer product safety recalls

BSI Code of Practice for product recalls (this is not our article; it has been taken direct from the UK Government website) BSI Code of Practice will help businesses understand what to do if their product needs to be recalled. Published 7 March 2018 From: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Office for Product Safety and Standards, and Andrew Griffiths MP Code of Practice (PAS 7100) for product safety recall The government’s new Office for Product Safety and Standards has teamed up with BSI, the UK’s National Standards Body, to launch the first government-backed Code of Practice (PAS 7100) for product safety recall in the UK. The Code of Practice includes details on how a business can monitor the safety of products and plan for a recall, and how Market Surveillance Authorities such as local authority Trading Standards can support businesses in their monitoring of incidents and their implementation of corrective action. The Code of Practice, developed by BSI, is the first major initiative for the new Office which was launched by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in January. It follows a recommendation by the Working Group on Products Recalls and Safety to introduce such a [...]

2021-01-06T17:34:04+00:00Safety notices|

You have to see this before buying cheap counterfeit electrical products – it’s explosive!

The risk of buying counterfeit electrical products Sometimes we buy something not because of the quality but for the price, but what happens if your bargain purchase turns out to be deadly?  About a quarter of people in the UK have been victims of counterfeit products when shopping online, and around 5% of us have first hand experience of an electric shock or electrical fire caused by an electrical appliance purchased on line.  Despite this, around 30% of us still admit to buying fake electrical goods to save money.  Counterfeit goods are often substandard which present a serious risk of fire or electric shock.  This video from You Tube, linked from the BS1363 website (link not working so removed) is an excellent example to show what happens when a UK plug fitted with a counterfeit BS1363 fuse is subject to a short circuit. Because the counterfeit fuse has no filling to suppress the arc it just explodes, as there's nothing else it can do, blowing the plug from its socket. This video was not produced by us and is being shown only as an example to help share the dangers of [...]

2022-03-07T10:13:16+00:00Safety notices|

Register your appliances

Have you registered the appliances in your properties with the manufacturer? When you buy appliances these days there is a warranty card in the box, if you complete and send it off you'll be notified if there is ever a recall notice on the appliance. Appliances, especially kitchen appliances get recalled all the time for all kinds of reasons, but sometimes its because they pose a serious risk, such as they can catch fire! It's shocking how many people aren't aware of this until it is too late. As part of our PAT testing service we cross check bigger kitchen appliances against the recall lists and notify you if anything pops up - we find this is especially useful for landlords. If you don't have your appliances registered, haven't filled the cards in or simply aren't sure go to the Register My Appliance website to do just that - you don't need to be a business; anyone can register. You'll need model information for the appliances but it's well worth getting that as sometimes appliances can catch fire which is the last thing you want to happen. Look at this photograph - this was a dishwasher, in a flat [...]

2022-03-07T11:13:27+00:00Safety notices|

How do we check if appliances have been recalled?

Electrical appliances get recalled all the time, for all kinds of reasons, often simple maintenance issues where if you get in touch with the manufacturer they'll send an engineer out to do the work, but sometimes it's because a fault has been found that makes the appliance highly dangerous, like it could overheat and catch fire. If there is a risk of your appliance catching fire surely you'd want to get that checked out pretty quick? Make sure you complete the warranty card I'm a big advocate for completing warranty cards when I buy new appliances and urge anyone to do the same. If you fill in that card and send it to the manufacturer you go on a database; if the machine is recalled you get a letter telling you what to do next.   This dishwasher, pictured, was never registered and the owner never checked the lists or even knew it was on the list. This dishwasher was in her flat, a flat she owned and rented out to a tenant. One day, when it was on washing the dishes it overheated so quickly it set itself on fire and this is the result. Don't risk a [...]

2022-03-07T11:35:19+00:00Safety notices|

Incidents involving electrical equipment reported in the media – December 2016 – April 2017

The following information highlights the importance of maintaining safe electrical appliances; this information was gathered by Electrical Safety First. Incidents involving electrical equipment reported in the media – December 2016 - April 2017 As far as we've been made aware these figures are not official, and that the real figure would be a lot higher, as not all incidents are reported. 232 reported incidents in this period The number of reported incidents from the 1st of December 2016 until the 31st of March 2017 is 232; up from 193 recorded in the previous quarter. Breakdown of the most commonly recorded causes of fire from Electrical Safety First: Tumble dryers – 101 Electrical fault fires – 30 Washing machines – 23 Chargers – 19 Dishwashers – 18 Electric blankets – 11 Refrigerators - 5 As in the previous period, white goods were responsible for a significant proportion of the incidents over this period – around 63% of all recorded incidents.

2022-03-07T10:14:45+00:00Safety notices|

Product recalls are being ignored

More than 4 million household appliances have been recalled by manufacturers in the past four years with faults that include a risk of fire or electric shock, and yet the majority may still be in UK homes. The findings are reported in a study published by Electrical Safety First. Since the start of 2011, 228 different electrical products have been recalled– including seven types of fridge, four washing machines and seven hairdryers – yet typically only 10% to 20% of recalled products are ever returned or repaired. Underestimating the risks posed by recalled products is a major factor in the low recall success rate. Many people surveyed by Electrical Safety First said they associated recalls with ‘annoying faults’ rather than safety, and 2.6 million UK adults say they have knowingly ignored a recall notice. The Charity wants to raise awareness of the risk of ignoring a recall notice after it found that 77% of people would be more likely to respond if they understood the potential dangers. Electrical Safety First is also keen to stress that whilst there have been a number of high profile fires involving kitchen ‘white goods’ in the past year, smaller items can also pose [...]

2021-09-07T14:03:36+00:00Safety notices, Safety tips|
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