Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) and Kent County Council Trading Standards (KCC) are reissuing guidance to concerned residents about the 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 attended 17 fires involving tumble dryers in the last year, including a recent fire in a tumble dryer belonging to a firefighter in Sevenoaks, so crews are extending general appliance safety advice to residents.
KFRS Community Safety Manager Charlie Smith said: "During the colder 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."
"We would advise against running a washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher overnight in case they over heat or develop a fault that leads to a fire."
"A working smoke alarm in the event something does go wrong can be a lifesaver. We recommend that you test your smoke alarm once a week to provide early warning in the unfortunate event of a fire."
"KFRS can also provide residents with free home safety advice. Phone us or email for more information."