News from Len Duvall OBE: 53 Greenwich fires caused by faulty white goods

25 October 2016

53 fires were caused by defective white goods in Greenwich in the last five years, new figures show. Data from the London Fire Brigade revealed that across London over 2,000 fires have been caused by faults with white goods such as washing machines, tumble dryers, and dishwashers since 2011. Local London Assembly Member Len Duvall AM is backing a campaign by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) which aims to make it easier for Londoners to protect themselves from faulty white goods. Mr Duvall said the government must “act urgently” to “protect Londoners, protect consumers, and save millions of pounds for the capital’s economy.”   


Since January 2011, Greenwich has seen 53 fires caused by defective white goods, the economic cost of which is estimated to be over £3 million. Across London, 2,072 fires involving white goods have been recorded over the same period. The London Fire Brigade estimates that over £118m has been lost from London’s economy as a result.


A new campaign has been launched by the LFB aimed at protecting the public from faulty appliances.  Amongst the key recommendations set out in the Total Recalls campaign is the introduction of a single register listing products from the UK and abroad that have been recalled. Local London Assembly Member Len Duvall AM is urging the government to get behind the campaign.


Labour London Assembly Member, Len Duvall AM, said:


“Too many lives, too many family homes, have been destroyed as a result of fires which could well have been prevented. We need to go far further to make people aware of the risk posed by faulty appliances and the ways in which they can keep themselves and their families safe.


“This campaign gives the government a solid blueprint for ensuring people are aware when their appliances have been recalled due to a fault. We need to see government act urgently on these objectives to protect Londoners, protect consumers, and save millions of pounds for the capital’s economy.”   

Notes to editors

  • London Fire Brigade data provided to Len Duvall AM shows that between 1st January 2011 and 30th September 2016 there were 53 fires involving white goods in Greenwich, at an estimated cost of £3,026,000 to the economy;

    The data shows that there were 2,072 fires involving white goods across London during the same period, at an estimated cost of £118,295,000 to the capital’s economy;

  • LFB state that the cost of domestic fires was reached by using data in the DCLG report ‘The economic cost of fire: estimates for 2008’. It estimates for 2008 that the cost of fire in London was £48,092 and updating it for inflation the figure is now £57,092.
  • Further information about the Total Recalls campaign can be found here;
  • Len Duvall AM is the London Assembly Member for Greenwich and Lewisham

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