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‘White goods’ fires in Havering cost the economy £3.25m in the last five years

PUBLISHED: 16:39 17 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:51 17 October 2016

Firefighters from Romford, Harold Hill and Bethnal Green attended.

Firefighters from Romford, Harold Hill and Bethnal Green attended.

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Fires in Havering involving “white goods” have cost more than £3m in the last five years, according to the London Fire Brigade (LFB).

Faulty white goods such as tumble dryers and freezers have caused 57 fires in that time, with the LFB now starting a campaign for better protection from these products.

According to the data, firefighters have attended 2,072 white goods related fires, costing the capital a massive £118m since 2011.

The Brigade has calculated that each domestic fire costs the economy an estimated £57,000 which takes into account a number of factors including damage caused and the cost of the fire service response.

London Fire commissioner Ron Dobson said: “There is a serious lack of awareness about the potential dangers posed by faulty white goods and manufacturers are lagging far behind when it comes to prioritising fire resistance in their designs.

“We want politicians and members of the public to share our campaign to make people better informed about the dangers white goods can pose in their homes.”

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