I’ve joined Electrical Safety First’s campaign to raise awareness of tumble dryer faults.
White goods manufacturer Whirlpool is recalling a number of its tumble dryers – but the company estimates that there are still around 500,000 affected machines in UK homes. 59 fires were caused by tumble dryers in Welsh homes last year.
I am supporting the charity’s campaign to ensure that all recalled tumble dryers are removed from use, and to encourage people to check if they have an affected model.”
Currently, recalls have just a 20% effectiveness rate, so checking you don’t have an effected model is a priority. However, Robert Jervis-Gibbons, Public Affairs Manager at Electrical Safety First, explains that the campaign also has a wider aim. He said “We also want to provide a timely reminder on using tumble dryers safely, and we have devised a range of tools and top tips to help, including our dedicated site – www.whitegoodsafety.com – where residents can check if they have an affected tumble dryer, or indeed, other recalled ‘white goods’, such as fridges and washing machines”.
To check if you have a recalled tumble dryer visit: www.whitegoodsafety.com.
Top tips for tumble dryer safety:
• Never overload the dryer – take large or bulky items like duvets to the dry cleaners.
• Always allow each drying programme, including the “cool-down cycle”, to completely finish.
• If you have to stop the dryer before the end of the cycle, remove all items and leave the door open to dissipate heat.
• Don’t use your tumble dryer to dry clothes that are contaminated with combustible substances like solvents, grease, oils or fats.
• Don’t leave your tumble dryer running overnight, or when you are out.