Local News for Wednesday 17th April 2019

ISLES MP WARNS FIRE-RISK TUMBLE DRYERS ARE STILL IN USE

Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil is supporting calls from consumer group Which? for the Tory Government to put people’s safety first and ensure all fire-risk tumble dryers are removed from UK homes.
Mr MacNeil appealed to island residents to check if their machines were affected when the first safety notice was issued in 2017. He was subsequently involved in supporting several constituents in ensuring the relevant modifications were carried out or the machine was replaced.
The UK Government’s Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) finally published their review on Whirlpool’s modification programme recently and concluded that modified machines are safe to use.

Mr MacNeil said:‘Which? UK believe there are half a million unmodified fire-risk tumble dryers still being used across the UK and so I would urge constituents to check again if their machine is affected.
‘I am supporting Which’s campaign for the UK Government to do more to deal with this matter and to make sure that unsafe products are not being sold and used.
‘It is just not enough to make soft recommendations to the firms responsible.’
You can call Whirlpool on 0800 151 0905 to find out whether your dryer needs a repair and arrange for it to be fixed or replaced.

Visit safety.hotpoint.eu or safety.indesit.eu where you can input your model number and, if your model is affected, you can register it for a service and modification. Creda dryers can also be checked on the Hotpoint site.

If your dryer is one of those affected by the fault, you must contact Whirlpool to arrange a repair or replacement, unplug it immediately and do not use it until it's been fixed.


SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION IN STORNOWAY

The Scottish Government are taking forward a public consultation on the use and regulation of fireworks in Scotland. The consultation is now live and will run for a period 14 weeks, closing on Monday 13th May.
During the consultation the Scottish Government will seek views on how people use and enjoy fireworks, the impact they have on people and communities across Scotland, as well as their impact on animals. It is also seeking views on the sale of fireworks to the general public, and ideas on what action can be taken to ensure fireworks continue to be enjoyed safely and responsibly.
Alongside the consultation Scottish Government will be running a series of engagement events to create opportunities for members of the public, alongside local partners, to deliberate on the key issues and discuss with others what could be done going forward. Two fireworks consultation events (afternoon or evening) will take place in Stornoway. The afternoon Event is on Wednesday 8th May between 2pm and 4pm in the Town Hall Stornoway and the Evening Event is also on Wednesday 8th May in the Town hall between 6pm and 8pm.