Whirlpool is to recall certain models of tumble dryers over fire safety fears. 

The recall will begin in Ireland on 5 August and aims to encourage owners to make contact immediately. 

In advance of the recall, a safety warning product recall notice was posted on the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission's website this morning

Tumble dryers made between 2004 and 2015 from the brands Indesit, Hotpoint, Creda, Swan and Proline are included in the recall. 

Whirlpool branded dryers are not affected. 

The fire safety issue relates to the build-up of lint or fluff at the rear seal of the dryer. 

Whirlpool has said that in some rare cases, excess lint can come into contact with the heating element of these appliances and present the risk of fire. 

Consumers who own dryers in this category, and which have not already been modified by the manufacturer, are advised to "unplug it immediately and stop using it until it has been made safe".

People are being advised to check the serial and model numbers of their tumble dryers which are located inside the door and frame of the machine. 

They can then check if their dryer is affected by visiting www.indesithotpointsafety.com or calling 1800 804 320.

People affected will have a number of repair or replacement options.

Consumers will be able to choose a replacement dryer free of charge, a fire safety upgrade to their current model carried out at home, or a "heavily discounted upgrade" to a higher specification model than the "free replacement" dryer. 

They will also have the option of returning their dryer to get a refund of up to €165, depending on the age of the appliance. 

A similar recall in the UK got underway today, where it's estimated around 500,000 tumble dryers are affected.

The fire safety issue came to light after Whirlpool bought Indesit Company in 2014. 

It carried out a safety review of Indesit and Hotpoint products and identified this potential safety issue in Indesit's vented and condenser tumble dryers. 

Whirlpool has said it then immediately raised concerns with regulators and launched a modification programme in 2015. 

The company says it is "vital" that those affected by the recall come forward. 

Jeff Noel, vice president of Whirlpool, said: "The crucial message is please contact us immediately if you still own one of these tumble dryers and haven't already had it modified or replaced by us."

Darren O'Connor, Sub Officer with Dublin Fire Brigade said that people should not leave appliances unattended. 

Mr O'Connor said that tumble dryers, washing machines and dishwashers all have motors running in them. "They generate heat, they can overheat and they can go on fire". 

He advised people to turn off "nonessential" appliances at night and close all the doors. 

In terms of tumble dryers, Mr O'Connor said people should keep their machines clean and well maintained, and discontinue use "if it starts to make any noises". 

Whirlpool has issued fire safety tips on its website.

1 Do not overload your dryer.

2 Always clear away the residual fluff after every spin.

3 For condenser dryers, also empty the water tank after every spin.

4 Avoid tumble drying items that have been exposed to flammable liquids, solvents or cooking oil, such as workwear, dish towels, napkins, kitchen aprons etc. 

5 Avoid drying items containing synthetics that can more easily catch fire- particularly rubber or plastic. EG padded bras, bathroom mats, bedding etc. 

6 Do not stop the dryer before the end of the cycle unless all items are quickly removed and the door is left open to dissipate heat.

7 Avoid using your dryer before the end of the cycle unless all items are quickly removed and the door is left open to dissipate heat.

8 Avoid using your dryer whilst sleeping or out of the house. Try to turn it off overnight or when you leave on holiday.