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H&F backs campaign to recall dangerous white goods

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Image captionImage 1: Burnt out tumble dryer from last year’s blaze at Shepherds Court

Hammersmith & Fulham Council continues to support a campaign to force manufacturers to replace faulty or dangerous white goods.

Fires can easily be started by electrical items – such as the refrigerator which is believed to have started the horrific Grenfell Tower blaze in Kensington.

Last year a faulty tumble dryer sparked a blaze at the Shepherds Court tower block in Shepherds Bush. Luckily no one was hurt.

H&F Council has reiterated its support for the ‘Total Recall’ campaign by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) and consumer magazine Which? for manufacturers of dangerous goods to act immediately and replace these items. 

“We fully support the campaign to get manufacturers to immediately replace dangerous white goods,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council.

“It is simply unacceptable for manufacturers to ignore the risks posed by their faulty goods, and we want to see proper recall procedures put in place to help keep people safe.”

H&F Council has recently launched the new Fire Safety Plus standard across its whole housing estate, with extra fire safety checks in all tower blocks. The council will also be looking to install sprinklers wherever they are needed.

“We are doing everything but we cannot act alone,” added Cllr Fennimore. “We need assurances from the Government that appliance manufacturers will be held responsible for the safety of our residents.”