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08-12-17

NFCC backs calls by Which? for tougher safety standards on refrigeration products

The current safety standard for fridges, freezers and fridge freezers is deficient and is allowing manufacturers to sell products that are a potential fire risk, Which? is warning today as it calls for immediate action to toughen safety standards on refrigeration products.

While non-flame-retardant plastic-backed fridges, freezers and fridge freezers pass existing safety standards, Which? is warning that these safety tests are inadequate, not fit for purpose and do not come close to replicating the source of a real house fire.

The current British Standard requires refrigeration appliances to pass a glow wire test to assess their fire resistance. All fridges, freezers and fridge freezers on the UK market currently pass this test which the consumer champion has deemed inadequate.

Worryingly, the sector has already recognised the need to toughen safety standards, but the current plans mean any toughening of the requirements won’t be implemented for at least 12 months, allowing many more potentially fire-risk products on to the market in that time.

Which? is now calling on manufacturers to put consumer safety first and implement a tougher safety standard immediately and voluntarily.

The NFCC backs this call from Which? and are pleased they are raising consumer awareness about the need to improve the safety of fridges and freezers from fire. The fire service has been calling for change since 2012 following several serious incidents which included the loss of life.

NFCC’s supports calls which are in line with the London Fire Brigade’s Total Recalls campaign which fire and rescue services across the country have given their support to, along with the NFCC.

Alex Neill, Managing Director of Which? Home and Product Services, said:

“Manufacturers must put consumer safety first and immediately stop making fridges, freezers and fridge freezers to a standard ​that is clearly deficient and could potentially be putting people’s lives at risk.

“This once again shows that the UK’s product safety regime is simply not fit-for-purpose and the Government can no longer continue to allow it to fail.”​

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