London Fire Brigade (LFB) has written to the UK Government calling for “fridges and freezers to be properly covered with fire retardant backing”, including ensuring that there are no holes to enable fire to spread to insulation materials inside the equipment. The fire brigade made this recommendation following a fire in a tower block in 2016 which started in an Indesit tumble dryer. The Brigade also states that the Grenfell Tower fire started in a Hotpoint (Whirlpool) FF175 fridge-freezer. The call for FR backings has been taken up by leading UK consumer magazine Which with an “End Dangerous Products” campaign, calling to “Stop making cold appliances with non-flame-retardant plastic backs” (see pinfa Newsletter n°90). The London Fire Brigade states that there have been nearly 2 200 fires in London involving white goods since 2010. LBF is also calling for improvements in the product recall system, to better address fire risks identified.
“Fridge freezer delay putting lives at risk”, London Fire Brigade 9th February 2018 Fridge freezer delay putting lives at risk https://www.london-fire.gov.uk/news/2015-news/fridge-freezer-delay-putting-lives-at-risk/ “Ministers ‘must act on faulty white goods fire risk”, BBC, 21st August 2017 http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40991800