Why you should register your home appliances

It’s of vital importance that your older relative should register their home appliances, in order to be kept informed about appliance recalls. We have at least 100 million large domestic appliances in use in our homes, but only 55% of over 65 year olds register their ovens, fridges and washing machines, meaning thousands of older and more vulnerable owners can miss out on vital, free,  product safety repairs.

How to register appliances

AMDEA’s (Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances) has made registering an appliance infinitely easier and it’s now a simple online task for anyone who is computer-savvy.  However, older people who are not silver surfers (and those estimated 6 million aged 65+ without internet access) will need a helping hand to reap the benefits of this user-friendly website, which provides quick access to the registration pages of over 60 leading brands of domestic appliances.  Here you can register both new and older appliances (up to 12 years old).

Once registered, in the rare instance that there is a safety action required in your home, a qualified engineer would visit your parent’s home to perform a quick fix, rendering the product safe for the rest of its working life.

Top tips to keep your appliances safe

As well as helping your loved ones out by registering, it’s also helpful if you keep abreast of the most important rules of appliance safety, so that you can check their home is a hazard-free zone. These simple and quick tasks should be on the to-do list of every concerned son, daughter or relative.

  1. Always keep your appliance instructions
  2. Check where they keep their appliance installation and care instructions, so if they do need to consult them, you both remember where they are! Perhaps create a file or box file to keep them all in one place
  3. Note down the serial number and date of purchase in the booklet for easy reference.
  4. Check your parents’ appliances against the recall list here
  5. Double check that extension leads or adaptors are not being used for large appliances, as this is very unsafe. They should be plugged directly into a wall-mounted socket outlet
  6. Be sure that the back of the fridge is clear from debris, such as old newspapers or bags, as this could be a potential fire hazard. It’s also important to discourage installation of fridges and freezers in a garage where abnormal temperatures and damp may cause condensation.
  7. Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on each level of your parent’s home and that one of them is placed near the kitchen as a priority. Perhaps, as a reminder to test them frequently, get into the habit of testing them every time you visit for Sunday lunch or any other regular occasion.

Registering your older relative’s appliances and performing these other simple chores, allows you and your elderly relative to sleep easy in the knowledge that their home is as safe as it can be

 

 

 

 

Leave a Response

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Other Life - Caring - Safety at home Articles

Top tips to avoid nuisance calls for older people

06 Jun 17

Nuisance calls can make your elderly parent’s life a misery Nuisance calls and texts can cause…

Top tips to keep older people cool in heat

01 Jun 17

It’s been a long winter, but, but now we’ve hit the hot weather and this can…

Coping with loss of elderly independence

19 Mar 17

Loss of independence occurs as people age, as they suffer physical, social or emotional setbacks which…

Protecting older people’s property from fraudsters

01 Dec 16

Property is usually the most valuable asset people own It can be sold and mortgaged to…

Working smoke alarms save lives – test yours and those of your loved ones every month

07 Nov 16

It’s easy to forget the important job our smoke alarms do when they beep while we’re…

From our forum...

19 Sep 13 - aquinas
30 Oct 15 - bordersgirl

Shop Online - view all

Hampergifts

Hampergifts allows you to send gorgeous Gift Baskets for all occasions. 0000

Find out more

Laybrook Ltd

Laybrook adjustable beds. Making a good night’s sleep an affordable reality. 0000

Find out more

Carr and Westley

Classic Clothing by Carr and Westley. Fresh, elegant and coordinated fashion essentials for women. Free UK…

Find out more