Could your dryer cause a fire?
Tumble dryers can be useful for many families, but only when they are used safely. You may have seen in the news recently that some models could cause a safety risk due to a design fault.
In the Whirlpool model, llint (the fluff from clothes) has been going back past the filter and touching the heater, causing fires in many households. This model is sold under the brands Hotpoint, Indesit, Swan, Proline and Creda and it is estimated that there are still 500,000 dryers in homes with this safety risk.
What can you do?
- If you have one of the tumble dryers mentioned above please check online if your model is affected here.
- If it is affected, you should unplug your dryer and stop using it until an engineer has made it safe. This will be paid for by the manufacturer.
General safety tips
- Always follow the instructions and remove the lint and fluff from the filter after each use
- Don’t leave dryers on overnight or when you are not at home. When you’re not using your dryer, turn it off and unplug it
- Be careful when buying a second hand dryer and check the model before you buy
- Test your smoke alarms regularly and replace the batteries if needed
- Know your fire emergency plans if you live in a block of flats or scheme. If you live in a house, think about how you and your family would get out in an emergency
For more tumble dryer safety tips, visit www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk.