Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is warning people to be aware of tumble dryer safety.
The recent unseasonably damp weather has seen people using the appliances more than usual.
A review by the authority says that some Indesit, Creda, Swan, Hotpoint and Proline dryers could become dangerous if excess fluff comes into contact with heating elements.
The Service recommends the following tumble dryer safety advice for unaffected appliances:
- Always follow the manufacturer s instructions
- Don t use tumble dryers at night or while unattended
- Clean the filters after each use to ensure they do not become blocked with fluff
- Items should be removed from the dryer immediately after the cycle and shaken loose to assist cooling
- Ensure that the appliance has its own plug socket. Do not overload extension leads. Ensure that no more than 13 amps are in any one plug socket.
Dryers that were highlighted in the review were manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015 and sold in the UK. For more information about which appliances are affected, visit: http://safety.indesit.eu, http://safety.hotpoint.eu, http://safety-swan.eu. Creda and Proline customers should visit: http://safety.hotpoint.eu