“After 3 people were recently taken to hospital after a fire in Burton Old Road in Lichfield after a tumble dryer caught fire, it is important for everyone to be alert to this possible fire hazard” says Michael Fabricant.
“With 724 fires caused by tumble dryers in English homes last year and a major, ongoing tumble dryer recall, all of us need to check and use them safely.
“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.
“I am supporting Electrical Safety First’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. But even if you are not one of those affected by the recall, it’s really important to follow some simple safety tips when using your machine”.
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 says “We also want to provide a timely reminder on using tumble dryers safely”, reveals Robert. “And we have devised a range of tools and top tips to help, including our dedicated site – www.whitegoodsafety.com – where people can check if they have an affected tumble dryer, or indeed, other recalled white-goods, such as fridges and washing machines”.
Michael Fabricant says “Here are the 5 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.”