Scottish Liberal Democrats have today revealed that there are on average 70 fires a month caused by faulty white goods such as washing machines, tumble dryers, fridges and ovens.
A total of 2,504 fires were caused by faulty white goods between 2015 and 2017. The figures were provided by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in response to a freedom of information request submitted by the Scottish Liberal Democrats.
Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine commented:
"These shocking figures expose the threat posed by faulty everyday appliances, from fridges to tumble dryers. Thousands of homes and families have been put at risk by faulty white goods over the last three years.
“As the boxing day sales kick off, people looking to bag bargain white goods should be 100% sure that they are getting a genuine product and not a knock-off. Landlords also have a duty of care to their tenants, whether they are long term or short-term holiday lets, to conduct safety checks on a regular basis.
“The UK’s consumer product safety regulatory regime is largely derived from EU-wide legislation. These figures also show the importance of ensuring that there is no opportunity for standards to be eroded amid the chaos of the Brexit negotiations.”