Councillor Stella Jeffrey
Lewisham Labour Councillors have passed a Lewisham Council motion that gives the Council’s full support to the London Fire Brigade’s “Total Recall” Campaign. The full text of the motion can be found in the link below.
Writing in support of the Motion, the Mover Cllr. Jeffrey explains:
"Most fires involving white goods are not down to the owner but due to faults beyond their control. Any of us could find ourselves in that situation.
The tragic events outlined in the first three paragraphs of the motion are just a sample of the fires caused by faulty equipment. We do not yet know the official cause of the Grenfell fire but it is suspected that a fire in a fridge-freezer began the conflagration.
Not all accidents can be avoided but we know that an effective product recall system can prevent any more households being devastated.
Many of us are reliant on machines which may be manufactured in countries around the globe and marketed as part of a variety of brands. So as well as a product recall system, we need to have more stringent manufacturing standards for white goods such as washing machines, fridges, dryers and cookers.
When things go wrong with faulty appliances, it is usually the Fire Brigade that comes to the rescue. Since 2010 London Fire Brigade have attended 2,170 fires involving faulty white goods, that's almost one a day.
In July 2016 it launched its Total Recalls campaign. It wants a single, government-supported register for all product recalls, more publicity for the recall of products, critically products to be marked so that they can be identified after a fire and manufacturers to publish their risk assessments.
The Fire Brigade and others are also calling for a change in the way that fridges are manufactured so that they are safer and is also encouraging householders to register their appliances with the manufacturer when they buy them so that they will be notified if there are any problems identified.
This motion calls on the Council to show its support for the campaign and to write to the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Mayor of London, the Chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and the London Fire Commissioner expressing that support and urging action.
This is not a political football, people's lives are at stake. The government should act without delay."
The full text of the motion can be found here