Faulty fridge freezers being blamed for fires

Posted On 08 Jul 2011 at 10:52 am

The fire brigade serving Brighton and Hove has urged people to check whether they have a Beko frost-free fridge freezer.

Some Beko models are the subject of a safety warning after a number of the faulty fridge freezers have been blamed for fires.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said that it had tackled one fire that was confirmed to have been caused by a faulty Beko.

And they have been blamed for 20 fires in London alone, leaving one dead and 15 injured in the past three years.

The fire service said: “Following several serious fires that have been linked to a faulty defrost timer switch in particular models of Beko fridge freezers, people are being urged to check whether they own one of the affected models.”

The Trading Standards website has details of the models, the product recall and safety warning.

A freephone number has been set up – 08000 094837 – to advise anyone who owns a Beko. Callers can use it from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

Steve Wright, a community safety manager at East Sussex Fire and Rescue, said the fire service’s website had useful information about the faulty fridge freezers.

He added: “I would also urge everyone to make sure they have a smoke alarm on every floor of their home and test them regularly.”

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