ASHTON and Failsworth MP Angela Rayner backed a national campaign to boost tumble dryer safety following a major recall from the manufacturer Whirlpool.

Whirlpool is recalling a number of its tumble dryers but the company estimates that there are still around 500,000 affected machines in UK homes.

Ms Rayner said: “With 724 fires caused by tumble dryers in English homes last year and a major, ongoing tumble dryer recall, all of us need to check and use them safely. So I’ve joined Electrical Safety First’s campaign to ensure my constituents stay safe in their homes.”

She added: “I am supporting the charity’s campaign to ensure that all recalled tumble dryers are removed from use.

"And to encourage people to check if they have an affected model. But even if you are not one of those affected by the recall, it’s really important to follow some simple safety tips when using your machine.”

Research shows that recalls have just a 20 per cent effectiveness rate so checking you don’t have an effected model is a priority.

But Robert Jervis-Gibbons, public affairs manager at Electrical Safety First, explains that the campaign also has a wider aim.

He said: “We also want to provide a timely reminder on using tumble dryers safely and we have devised a range of tools and top tips to help, including our dedicated site - - where people can check if they have an affected tumble dryer, or indeed, other recalled ‘white goods’, such as fridges and washing machines.”