For months Whirlpool have suggested that despite concerns raised after a number of serious fires, their tumble dryers were safe to use.
Finally after action by London Fire Brigade and Peterborough Trading Standards Whirlpool have updated the advice on their own website.
London Fire Brigade warned in October 2016 that owners of the faulty dryers must stop using them immediately, after one of the machines was found to be the cause of a huge blaze in an 18-storey tower block in Shepherd’s Bush in London.
Various dryers made by Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda between April 2004 and September 2015 are subject to a safety notice about the fire risk, which is caused by excess fluff coming into contact with the heating element.
The advice is now clear ‘If your tumble dryer is affected by this issue then you should unplug it and do not use it until the modification has taken place.