Public urged to stop buying fire-risk fridges and freezers

Which? calls for plastic-backed appliances to be taken off sale as tougher safety tests come in

A consumer group is urging Britons not to buy potentially flammable plastic-backed fridges and freezers as stringent tests that effectively ban new ones from being manufactured come into force.

Which? has campaigned for a change to the safety standard for the appliances since 2017 after its testing found the plastic backing can be extremely flammable and, in the event of a house fire, can accelerate the spread of flames.

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