Ogmore MP Chris Elmore is calling on local residents to check all tumble dryers following a recent recall of Whirlpool tumble dryers.
In South Wales in 2017/18, there were 25 house fires caused by tumble dryers. In recent weeks, some tumble dryers have now been subject to recall by the well-known company Whirlpool, who have estimated there are around half a million affected tumble dryers still in people’s homes.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“It’s vital that all recalled products are returned to their manufacturer. There is a real public safety issue if they are not. Please take a few minutes to double check if your product is affected and get in touch with Whirlpool.
“In this day and age, it can be easy to be complacent with fire safety, given there are now so many safeguards in place. But the truth is we can never afford to be complacent. Instead, I’d highly recommend constituents familiarise themselves with Electrical Safety First’s top tips on how to stay safe when it comes to electrical safety.”
Chris is working with Electrical Safety First, the UK’s only charity that focusses on protecting people from accidents and fires caused by electricity to remind people of the important tumble dryer recall but also to ensure better safety with tumble dryers.
Robert Jervis-Gibbons, Public Affairs Manager at Electrical Safety First said:
“We are working with MPs across Wales to raise awareness of the recent Whirlpool tumble dryer recall and consumers can check whether they have a recalled tumble dryer by logging on to www.whitegoodsafety.com.”
Electrical Safety First has developed a few top tips to keep people safe using their tumble dryers at home. They include:
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 complete fully.
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 it 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.
What to do if you think you have an affected tumble dryer:
Check on www.whitegoodsafety.com for recalled products.
People should check if they have a Whirlpool owned brand machine, such as Hotpoint, Creda, Indesit or Swan by checking the model number against Whirlpool’s online model checker to see if your product is affected – if it is, call Whirlpool on 0800 151 0905 to have it replaced or consult https://safety.hotpoint.eu to check your mode.
If you’re in any doubt, stop using and unplug your machine immediately