Tumble Dryer Safety Tips

A useful addition to any household, tumble dryers are a godsend to most, but only when used safely.

Recent safety notices recalling 4.5 million Hotpoint, Creda, Indesit, Proline and Swan appliances mean that there’s never been a better time to ensure you are using your machine correctly and helping to keep yourself and your family safe.

When purchasing a new tumble dryer, always ensure that you register the appliance with the manufacturer. This means that, if there should be a problem with a particular product line, you will be contacted and your machine fixed or replaced. Whilst the chances of a faulty product causing serious damage are relatively small, the risk is still very real.

All appliances, regardless of age, can be registered online with Register My Appliance – an online service which automatically checks for any product recalls or known faults. You can also use this free online checker to see if you own a product that has been recalled in the past.

If you’re concerned about fitting a new tumble dryer yourself, get a qualified electrician to do it for you.

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Clean the lint and fluff out of your tumbler dryer filter after every use.

Tumble Dryer Maintenance and Safety Tips

  • Clean out lint and fluff from the filter and around the door after every use.
  • Watch out for scorching or burn marks on your clothing or on the dryer door, and check for loose or worn wires.
  • Have your dryer serviced annually by a qualified engineer.
  • Never overload the dryer – take large or bulky items, such as duvets, to the dry-cleaners or the laundrette.
  • Always allow each drying programme, including the cool down cycle, to fully complete.
  • Don’t stop the dryer before the end of the cycle unless all items are quickly removed and the door is left open to dissipate any heat.
  • Leave clothes contaminated with combustible substances, such as solvents, grease, oils or fats, out of tumble dryers to minimise the chances of anything igniting.
  • Don’t leave dryers, dishwashers and washing machines on overnight. If possible, unplug or switch off appliances at the socket overnight and when going out to avoid the risk of an electrical fault causing a fire.
  • Never leave a tumble dryer on whilst you are out of the home.

*Source: ElectricalSafetyFirst, Which?