A new standard will be introduced from 11 July requiring fridge-freezer backing material to pass tougher flammability tests – a major step forward for our campaign.
The new rules will reduce the risk of fridge freezers aiding the spread of flames in the event of a fire.
Our campaign has repeatedly demanded manufacturers and retailers stop making plastic-backed fridge-freezers that can accelerate fires and put people’s lives at risk. The new safety standard, while long overdue, will be significant in protecting consumers in the future.
But more needs to be done. The new rules don’t come into effect until 11 July, so hundreds of fridge-freezers currently on sale in shops across the UK are potentially unsafe.
We’re demanding retailers remove these products from their shelves immediately. By continuing to sell plastic backed fridge-freezers, these firms are putting people and their homes at risk for years to come.
If you’re buying a new fridge-freezer before the new rules come into effect, or if you’re concerned about an appliance you already own, use our refrigerator backing checker to make sure it’s not at risk.