Safety notice: Indesit, Hotpoint and Creda tumble dryers

Tue 24 Nov, 2015


Community safety staff at Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to draw the public’s attention to a safety notice issued by Indesit.

The company has identified a potential concern with two types of tumble dryer manufactured by Indesit, Hotpoint and Creda between April 2004 and September 2015. It says that in some rare cases, excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present a risk of fire. 

Indesit says: "We are activating an extensive consumer outreach and service action plan in order to provide our consumers with products that are updated to higher safety and quality standards. 

"We will arrange a visit from an engineer, free of charge, to modify your appliance. The service call will take approximately one hour. The improvements we believe are necessary will further enhance the safety and quality of your dryer.

"In the meantime consumers may continue to use their products, provided that appliances are not left unattended whilst operating. We also remind customers of the need for proper cleaning and maintenance, as outlined in the user manual."

To check whether your tumble dryer is affected, visit http://safety.hotpoint.eu

Group Commander Richard Priest, head of Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s community safety team, is also taking the opportunity to remind people of some basic safety tips:

  • Don’t leave your tumble dryer (or washing machine or dishwasher) running overnight or while you are out. They are a fire risk because of their high wattage, friction and motors.
  • Look out for product recall notices, which are released in the media and listed on the Electrical Safety First product recall checker.
  • If you haven't already done so, many domestic appliances up to 12 years old can be registered on the Register My Appliance website. Click here for more details.

Tumble dryer safety

  • Remove the lint from the trap after every load of clothes dried.
  • Do not cover the vent or any other opening.
  • Ensure the vent pipe is free of kinks and is not crushed in any way.
  • Only used recommended vent pipes, and not improvised ones.
  • Only vent the warm air to the outside of a building.
  • Do not put rags or materials into your tumble dryer if they have been used to soak up flammable liquids.

Tell-tale signs that your tumble dryer is not properly ventilated:

  • Clothes take a very long time to dry, especially heavy articles of clothing such as towels or jeans.
  • Clothes feel hotter than usual at the end of the cycle.
  • The flapper on the vent hood remains closed when the dryer is on.