Electrical Safety First supports letter to Rt Hon Theresa May MP demanding action on white good safety

21 August 2017

Monday 21 August 2017

Commenting on the letter to Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First, said:

“One year on from the Shepherd’s Court fire, we fully support London Fire Brigade’s call to Government to urgently address the issue of white good fires. In England alone over five fires a day are caused by white goods. These fires can have devastating effects as we have seen at Shepherd’s Court, Lakanal House and of course Grenfell Tower.

“As members of the government’s Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety, we have offered our recommendations on an improved product safety system, including the introduction of a centralised recall database. Now we, along with the  London Fire Brigade,  the Mayor of London and other safety campaigners would like to see these recommendations put into action. Otherwise, every day white good fires put more  lives at risk.”


For more information please contact:

Muireann Kirby T : 020 3463 5105 E : muireann.kirby@electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk  

Notes to Editors

  • Electrical Safety First is a UK Charity dedicated to reducing and preventing damage, injuries and death caused by electricity. More information can be found at electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk
  • For more specific tips on white goods visit whitegoodsafety.com 
  • There were 1,873 fires caused by white goods in financial year 2015/16. This is the equivalent of 5.13 fires. As per day Home Office Fire Statistics on incidents attended by Fire and Rescue Services. ‘White goods’ includes domestic fire data for: washing machines, tumble dryers, spin dryers, electric cookers including oven, dishwashers, fridge/freezers and combined washer/dryers. Only fires caused by faulty appliances and leads and faulty fuel supplies are included. Accessible at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-data-tables