Tumble dryer fire safety concerns

Tumble dryer fire safety concerns

Certain models of tumble dryer were discussed in Parliament this week by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee chaired by Rachel Reeves MP.

This was in relation to fire safety concerns. In rare cases, excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present a risk of fire.

There is a potential concern with two types of tumble dryers manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015.

The affected brands identified by Whirlpool are:

  • Hotpoint
  • Indesit
  • Creda

Dryer fires in Bedfordshire

Between April 2009 and November 2017 Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service had 93 fire incidents where the ignition source was a tumble dryer or a washer dryer.

A spokesperson for the fire service said:

“It does not appear there is a significant relationship between these and a particular brand or model.

“We would advise people to ensure they maintain these appliances ensuring that parts like the filters are cleaned often and that these are not left on overnight or when they go out.”

How to check your tumble dryer

If your tumble dryer is one that may be one of the effected products, you should check with the manufacturer by visiting:

HOTPOINT

or

INDESIT

 

If your dryer is affected by this issue then you should unplug it and do not use it until the modification has taken place.

Regular cleaning

Regardless of the make and model of your tumble dryer it is important to remove fluff that accumulates on a regular basis.

With any type of domestic appliance it is recommend that they should only be used when a responsible adult is at home and awake.

When the operation of appliances is supervised, it helps to ensure that swift action can be taken to evacuate the home and to call the required emergency services in the unlikely event that a fault occurs.

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