FIRE chiefs are warning households of a potential fire risk on certain models of Beko fridge freezers.

Beko fridge freezer

London Fire Brigade believe that a faulty defrost timer on Beko fridge freezers could have been responsible for up to 20 fires in London alone. Figures show that one person has been killed and 15 people have been injured as a result of these fires. London Fire Brigade’s Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Regulation, Steve Turek, said: “Any fire can be lethal but the London Fire Brigade is particularly concerned about this because fires involving any sort of fridge freezer develop rapidly and produce an enormous amount of toxic smoke.

Around 500,000 of these potentially faulty fridge freezers could be posing a serious fire risk in homes and businesses in the UK. The problem starts when water enters the defrost timer switch causing it to overheat, resulting in the plastic components and other flammable insulation catching fire.

Fire chiefs are urging people to check if they own the particular models of BEKO fridge freezer which were manufactured between January 2000 and October 2006.

The model numbers that are affected are:

The same recall also applies to an LEC fridge freezer, model number GDHA LEC TF2304W.

People who own any of the appliances should contact BEKO by calling their free phone number on 0800 009 4837 between 8.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday.

5 July 2011