Faulty appliances cause a shocking 43 fires a week in England, and big brand names are responsible. Everyday household appliances caused 15,000 accidental fires in homes across England between April 2019 and March 2020, research by ElectricalDirect found.
The study revealed that cookers, toasters, and hobs were the most likely to cause fires. Cookers were responsible for 8,000 accidental fires in 2019/20, 53% of total appliance fires in England. Hot plates and toasters came second and third, causing 11% and 9% of fires respectively.
The most common causes for accidental appliance fires were placing household items too close to sources of heat, misuse of appliances and reported faults.
The top 10 household appliances most likely to cause an accidental fire
|Rank||Appliance||Number of fires caused in 2019/20||% change|
|1||Cooker incl. oven||8,001||-3.50%|
|2||Ring/ hot plate (separate appliance)||1,581||-2.95%|
|9||Deep fat fryer||186||2.20%|
(Number of household appliances that caused fires in England in 2019/20 and percentage difference in 2019/20 vs 2018/19)
Faulty appliances accounted for 15% of appliance fires
Of the accidental appliance fires in 2019/20, 2.2k (15%) of them were caused by the appliance being faulty, which is 43 a week.
The biggest culprits were washing machines, accountable for nearly a quarter (23%) of the faulty appliance fires. Tumble dryers (20%) and cookers (9%) followed.
Appliances that caused the most fires due to being faulty
|Rank||Appliance Type||Number of fires due to being faulty (2019/20)|
|3||Cooker incl. oven||201|
|8||Other domestic style appliance||96|
|10||Washer/ Dryer combined||54|
(Number of faulty household appliances caused in England in 2019/20)
Hotpoint appliances caused the most fault-led fires in 2019/20
The data revealed that Hotpoint appliances caused the most faulty appliance fires last year, with 311 recorded in 2019/20. The majority of which were washing machines (112) and tumble dryers (105).
The second brand at fault for these dodgy appliances is Indesit, 183 reported fires. The biggest offenders were tumble dryers (69) and washing machines (67).
Beko came third, whose goods caused 150 fires in 2019/20. Of these, the majority were washing machines (52) and tumble dryers (29), although dishwashers (27) and fridge/ freezers (26) weren’t far behind.
Brands whose appliances caused the most fires due to being faulty
|Rank||Brand||Number of faulty appliance fires (2019/20)|
(Number of faulty household appliances by the brand that caused in England in 2019/20)
ElectricalDirect is urging those that purchase new appliances to ensure they are registering them and to keep an eye on the UK Government’s Product Recall page