Which! household appliance is most likely to kill you?
If you’ve ever wondered what the most lethal appliance in your house is, wonder no more. Which! have compiled a list! Will your life be ended at the melting plug of your iron? Is your sizzling phone charger plotting your demise?
Well, turns out that your washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher are the leading causes of house fires. 14% of fires were caused by faulty washing machines, compared to 8% caused by ovens and just 1% caused by irons. According to government data, faulty household appliances are responsible for 3700 fires in the UK every year.
Of course, you’ll be wanting to know which brands are going to engulf you and your family in flames. Which! say a larger number of fires are caused by Candy and Hoover appliances than other brands. Also, if you’ve got a Hotpoint DWF3 dishwasher, you might want to invest in a fire extinguisher and an extra smoke alarm. Don’t be too worried, though. Hotpoint issued a safety notice on their dishwashers last year, but say the fire risk is very low. But is it a risk you want to take?
No Which! story would be complete without a quote from executive director Richard Lloyd, who said:
‘It’s shocking that everyday household appliances can pose such a danger. People’s safety must be the priority, so manufacturers should act fast to recall products as soon as they realise they’re faulty.
We want the Government and manufacturers to do more to analyse and release the data they collect on appliance fires to help reduce the thousands of fires that are caused by faulty products.’
Don’t have nightmares.