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Faulty home appliances caused 58 fires in Bexley in past five years

PUBLISHED: 14:10 24 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:10 24 October 2016

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A campaign has been launched to protect the public from faulty white goods

Faulty home appliances caused 58 fires in Bexley during the past five years, new figures reveal.

London Fire Brigade has launched a campaign to protect the public against faulty white goods such as washing machines, tumble dryers, and dishwashers, which have caused more than 2,000 fires across the capital since 2011.

The economic cost of the blazes was £3.3 million in Bexley and more than £118 million in the capital as a whole.

One of the measures being considered as part of the Total Recalls campaign is the introduction of a single register listing products from the UK and abroad that have been recalled.

Labour Londonwide assembly member Fiona Twycross said: “Too many lives, too many family homes, have been destroyed as a result of fires which could well have been prevented.

“We need to go far further to make people aware of the risk posed by faulty appliances and the ways in which they can keep themselves and their families safe.

“This campaign gives the government a solid blueprint for ensuring people are aware when their appliances have been recalled due to a fault.

“We need to see government act urgently on these objectives to protect Londoners, protect consumers, and save millions of pounds for the capital’s economy.”


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