Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) and Kent County Council Trading Standards (KCC) have teamed up to offer guidance to concerned residents about the recent recall of tumble dryers.
Two types of tumble dryers manufactured by Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda between April 2004 and September 2015 have been recalled due to fears that excess fluff may come into contact with the heating element and catch fire.
KCC Trading Standards is urging customers of these brands to find out if their appliance is affected by visiting the company’s dedicated website and allow the manufacturer to organise repairs.
KCC Trading Standards operations manager James Whiddett said: "It is important that customers of Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda check their tumble dryer immediately to find out if their appliance has been affected and follow the advice given by the manufacturer. Even if your tumble dryer is not affected by this recall we would recommend you regularly remove lint from the appliance, do not leave it on overnight and do not leave it on whilst you are not in the house."
Fire crews in Kent regularly attend fires involving household appliances and recently attended two fires in the home involving tumble dryers and firefighters are offering general appliance safety advice to residents.
KFRS Community Safety Manager Charlie Smith said: "During the winter months tumble dryers tend to get used more frequently and we would advise anyone who owns one, no matter what the manufacturer, to undertake regular cleaning and maintenance of their appliance. Make sure lint is removed after every load of clothes is dried, and do not cover the vent or any other opening."
"Running a washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher overnight or while you are out is a fire risk because of their high wattage, friction and motors."
"A working smoke alarm in the event something does go wrong can be a lifesaver. We recommend that you test your smoke alarm regularly, ideally once a week."
"KFRS can also provide residents with free home safety advice. Phone us or email for more information."