Tumble dryer fire safety risk: Government to issue recall notice on Whirlpool tumble dryers

Published: 18 Jun 2019

With the Grenfell tragedy still fresh in everyone’s minds, fire safety news continues to make the headlines. This week the focus has very much been on tumble dryer safety.

Four years after Whirlpool issued a warning after it found faults in its Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit dryers which required fixing, the government has decided to intervene. The fault was blamed for at least 750 fires over an 11-year period, according to the government.

The BBC website reported that the government is to issue an "unprecedented" recall notice of up to 500,000 Whirlpool tumble dryers which pose a fire safety risk.

Whirlpool said safety was its "number one priority".

Advice for CSC clients who may be affected by the tumble dryer recall:

  • If you have the affected tumble dryer on site, contact Whirlpool immediately on 0800 151 0905.
  • Unplug the tumble dryer even if the equipment is free from lint.
  • Only once the necessary modifications have been made to the affected tumble dryer and only after deemed safe by the manufacturer should this machine be allowed to be used.

An estimated 5.3 million dryers were sold in the UK, but it is thought up to 500,000 could still be in use.

If you require any further advice regarding tumble dryer safety, please do not hesitate to contact CSC.