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By on 05/12/2017
Despite constant warnings there are still many fires.
TWO FIRES IN: Cornwall this week when Fire crews were called to two tumble dryer fires in less than 24 hours. The first went up in flames at Rock and a second blaze filled a house with smoke in St Ives. Officials say some models have been recalled "The tumble dryer was a #Creda. Have you checked the recall list?" https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/household-appliances-recalled-due-to-fire-risk
CAMPAIGNERS: have demanded tougher safety laws after it was revealed 6,000 tumble dryers have burst into flames over the past six years.
The shocking figure is far worse than first thought – and at least 270 people have been injured.
The number of casualties is also likely to be much greater as only 17 brigades revealed injury data. Lawyer and campaigner Jill Paterson said: “These figures are shocking and demonstrate further the need for urgent change to the product safety regulation system. “For firms consumer safety must be the paramount consideration over any other factor. Firefighters’ lives are also at risk each time they attend one of these incidents. Better regulation would mean all this could be avoided.”
More than five million faulty Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit dryers have been sold since 2011. Whirlpool bought the brands in 2014 but only issued a product alert last November. It has not sent out product recall notices and insists the units are safe if they are not left unattended. Whirlpool has refused to say when the fault was first discovered.
The fires are caused by excess fluff contacting heating elements.
Hundreds of people plan to sue firms over faulty machines.
Mum-of-two Mishell Moloney was recently killed in a blaze at her Birmingham home believed to have been started by a faulty dryer. In 2014,
Doug McTavish, 39, and Bernard Hender, 19, died in a similar fire in North Wales.