Credit: Which?

The government says hundreds of thousands of tumble-dryers should be switched off at the wall because they pose a fire risk.

Brands made by Whirlpool – including Hotpoint, Indesit, and Swan – are all being recalled – and Isle of Wight residents are advised to check theirs.

Consumer minister Kelly Tolhurst referred to the move as ‘unprecedented’, as she signalled the government action.

The move comes more than three-and-a-half years on from a Which? investigation revealing that Whirlpool tumble dryers had caused 750 fires in the previous 11 years.

Which? research revealed the scale of the problem, which affects 127 Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline vented and condenser tumble dryers made between April 2004 and October 2015.

A Whirlpool Corporation spokesperson said:

“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.”

Find out if your tumble dryer is affected here.