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Is your tumble dryer one of 500,000 to be a ‘fire risk’?

Thousands of households, including many of those renting privately, could still be at risk from faulty Whirlpool tumble dryers as the government issues a fresh warning to unplug any unmodified appliances.

The call comes from the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) as Whirlpool is in the process of replacing or repairing 3.8million appliances.

Whirlpool estimates that there are between 300,000 and 500,000 fire-risk tumble dryers potentially in people's homes.

A number of machines under its Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline brands were identified as requiring a fix to make them safe to operate.

Whirlpool is urging anyone with an unmodified machine to contact them.

A spokeswoman said: “Safety is our number one priority and we remain committed to resolving any affected tumble dryers that have not yet been modified.

“The crucial message to anyone who still owns an affected dryer and has not already had it modified by Whirlpool is to contact us immediately on 0800 151 0905.

“In the meantime, anyone with an affected dryer that has not been modified should unplug it and not use it until the modification has been completed.”

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