The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has put out a warning notice to its members advising them the check on their appliances – white goods – following the unprecedented fire at Grenfell Tower in London.
Police have now confirmed that a Hotpoint FF175BP fridge freezer was the initial cause of the fire which destroyed the tower block and killed at least 80 people as are yet known.
It has been revealed that the offending Fridge was manufactured between 2006 and 2009 and had never been subject to any product recalls.
Investigations are ongoing and testing of appliances is taking place which will establish whether any further action is required.
Anyone owning such a fridge – a Hotpoint fridge freezer model number FF175BP (white) or FF175BG (grey) should call Whirlpool Corporation’s freephone hotline on 0800 316 3826 or go to this website for further details:
Hotpoint has said that they have as yet not identified any specific reasons why owners should switch off their appliance, pending further investigation.
Greg Clark, Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said:
“The safety of consumers is paramount. The device is being subject to immediate and rigorous testing to establish the cause of the fire. I have made clear to the company that I will expect them to replace any item without delay if it is established that there is a risk in using them.”
The London Fire Brigade claims that there are potentially millions of faulty appliances in rental homes in the private rented sector across the UK.
The RLA is advising landlords to check all appliances they provide to tenants to ensure they are not subject to a recall or in need of modification.
Landlords should keep careful records of all appliances they supply in tenancies, their manufacturer, model names or numbers and serial numbers.
The website www.registermyappliance.org.uk will allow you to check and register appliances and will send alerts of any recall or repairs programmes.
The government’s own product recall website can be accessed http://www.gov.uk/productrecall
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