Electrical appliance safety

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6273
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

An investigation by Which? showed that major retailers were still selling plastic-backed fridges and other electronic appliances, despite London Fire Brigade advice to remove these lines. What steps is London Fire Brigade and the Mayor taking to ensure London Fire Brigade guidance is followed?

Answer

Electrical appliance safety

Electrical appliance safety

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London Fire Brigade (LFB) has been lobbying for many years for all new refrigeration and freezing appliances to have a fully fire resistant backing as standard. They have not specifically asked retailers to remove plastic-backed fridges from the sale but have recommended that consumers do not buy them and asked manufacturers to stop making them. LFB is calling for the way that fridges and freezers are produced to change so that they are safer even if there is a fire. They have my full support in the campaign for a new standard, which would mean that fridge and freezer compressor compartments and the entire back panel would have to have a suitable level of flame retardance, such as being able to withstand catching fire.