Could your washing machine or dryer cause a fire?

Washing machines and tumble dryers are part of the furniture in most households, but did you know they could both cause fires? You may have seen in the news recently that some Whirlpool washing machines and dryers have been recalled due to a design fault which is a fire safety risk.

Washing machines

With Whirlpool washing machines, the door locking system can overheat and cause fires. The model affected was built between 2014 and 2018, and is sold under the brands Hotpoint and Indesit. It's thought that there are around half a million of these machines in homes.

Tumble dryers

In the tumble dryers, lint (the fluff from clothes) has been going back past the filter and touching the heater, causing fires in many households. This model was made between 2004 and 2015 and is sold under the brands Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Proline and Swan. Again, it's thought there are around 500,000 of these dryers in homes.

General safety tips

  • If you have one of the tumble dryers mentioned above please check online if your model is affected here.
  • If you have one of the washing machines mentioned then please check online if your model is affected here.
  • If it is affected, you should unplug the machine and stop using it until an engineer has made it safe. This will be paid for by the manufacturer.

General safety tips

  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm on each floor of your home
  • Always follow the instructions for your washing machine and/or tumble dryer
  • With dryers, remove the lint and fluff from the filter after each use
  • Don’t leave washing machines or dryers on overnight or when you are not at home. When you’re not using them, turn them off and unplug
  • Be careful when buying a second hand washer or dryer and check the model before you buy
  • 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 fire safety tips, visit www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk.

22nd June 2019 | 2019