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Product Recalls and Public Safety Information

Find out if your electrical appliances have been recalled for safety reasons, the latest advice on how to use your electrical products safety and other public safety information to keep you safe.

The 'Electrical Safety First' recalls electrical products for safety reasons.

If you are concerned about the safety of a product that appears on the Electrical Safety First recall list, stop using it and contact the retailer, manufacturer or if not know your local Trading Standards office.

To ensure you don't overload your electrical extension whilst using electrical equipment please visit out Socket Overload Calculator.

 

An up to date list of electrical product recalls.

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Amazon Adaptor

Amazon Fire Tablet Power Adaptors

If you have an affected product stop using it immediately and remove from the mains after ensuring that the socket switch is in the off position.

Amazon is offering two options for replacing the adapter. Amazon can send a free replacement adapter or, alternatively, apply a £12 credit to an Amazon account for purchasing a power adaptor of the customer's choice.

Whichever option is selected, Amazon will be sending the owner a pre-paid return envelope for the return of the original power adapter.

Please contact Customer Service at www.amazon.co.uk/contactus if your power adapter appears to be damaged.

Please visit the Amazon UK page for more details:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/b?node=9730244031&linkId=21803723  or the Electrical Safety Website

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Whirl Pool Tumble Dryer Image

Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda Tumble Dryers

Whirlpool have revealed a fault affecting its Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda tumble driers manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015.  The highlighted  models could cause fires if fluff comes into contact with the heating element. 

Here are some simple fire safety tips for the safe use of tumble dryers:

  • Don't leave it unattended when switched on

  • Don't leave it on overnight

  • Remove the lint/fluff from the tr4ap after every load

  • Don't cover the vent or any other opening

  • Ensure the vent pipe is free of kinks and is not crushed in any way

  • Only used recommended vent pipes

  • Only vent the warm air to the outside of a building

  • Do no put rages or material into the tumble dryer if they have been used to soak up flammable liquids

Signs that your tumble dryer is not properly ventilated:

  • Clothes take a very long time to dry, especially heavy articles of clothing such as towels or jeans
  • Clothes feel hotter than usual at the end of the cycle
  • The flapper on the vent hood remains closed when the dryer is on

 

General fire safety advice:

  • Have a working smoke alarm on each level of your home
  • Check that your smoke alarms are working every week
  • Discuss and agree with your family what to do if there is a fire – plan an escape route

  

For further information please visit  the Electrical Safety website.

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Zafira Car on Fire

Recall of Zafira B Cars

Vauxhall have announced the recall of hundreds of thousands of Zafira B Cars following a series of fires.

In a statement from chairman and managing director Roy Harvey, Vauxhall said its initial investigations had shown 'improper repair of the blower motor resistor and its thermal fuse'.

Read the Vauxhall Motors Statement here.

BBC Watchdog reported the problem in the show last October.  Read Vauxhalls response by following the link. 

What to do if your car's on fire

If you smell smoke or burning coming from your car while you're driving it, you should pull over as soon as you can in a safe place, get everyone out of the vehicle and always stay a safe distance away.

Call the fire service and never go back to the vehicle while you are waiting.

If you are concerned that your vehicle is affected by the recall then contact your manufacturer immediately.