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Safety Information

Button Cell Battery Safety  

Button cell batteries contain harmful chemicals thatif swallowed by small children, can get stuck in the throat, lead to severe burns, or even result in death. 

A recent fatality of a 1-year-old boy in Scotland has again highlighted the dangers associated with button batteries when ingested 

Button batteries are used in a wide range of toys, gadgets, remote controls, scales and watches.  

Follow the below tips to ensure your home is as safe as possible: 


·         Check your home for button battery powered items

·         Ensure children do not have access to these devices

·         Recycle dead button batteries promptly

·         Place extra batteries out of children’s reach in a secure locked drawer.

·         Educate older children about the dangers 


Click on the following links for further information and guidance on button cell battery safety: 








If you would like further advice in relation to button batteries, please contact the consumer protection team on 02871 253 253 or by email [email protected]




Hotpoint, Indesit & Creda Tumble Dryer Safety Advice

Derry City & Strabane District Council are reminding people to follow the safety advice issued by Whirlpool regarding Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda tumble dryers.

Whirlpool identified a potential concern with two types of tumble dryers manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015. In some rare cases, excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present a risk of fire. In general terms Running a washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher overnight or while you are out is a fire risk because of their high wattage, friction and motors.

It is important that owners of a Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda tumble dryers check their tumble dryer immediately to find out if their appliance has been affected and follow the advice given by the manufacturer.

Customers who have any concerns are being asked to check whether their model could be affected online or by calling Indesit.

The following notice has been issued by the manufacturer:

Safety Notice - Tumble Dryers

Following Whirlpool's acquisition of the Hotpoint/Indesit brands, Indesit Company has closely reviewed the safety of its product portfolio.

As part of this review we have identified a potential concern with two types of tumble dryers manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015. In some rare cases, excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present a risk of fire.

The affected brands are:

  • Hotpoint
  • Indesit
  • Creda

We are activating an extensive consumer outreach and service action plan in order to provide our consumers with products that are updated to higher safety and quality standards. We will arrange a visit from an engineer, free of charge, to modify your appliance. The service call will take approximately one hour. The improvements we believe are necessary will further enhance the safety and quality of your dryer.

In the meantime consumers may continue to use their products, provided that appliances are not left unattended whilst operating. We also remind customers of the need for proper cleaning and maintenance, as outlined in the user manual.

Affected tumble dryers models:

Condenser and vented dryers

What owners of these tumble dryers should do:

  • Check whether their model is affected at http://safety.hotpoint.eu or http://safety.indesit.eu
  • Contact Indesit on 0800 151 0905 if they have any concerns and have not yet been contacted about their tumble dryer
  • Not leave the appliance unattended during operation.
  • Check the lint filter after every cycle.
  • Ensure proper venting as directed in the original operating manual.

If your tumble dryer is affected by this issue then you should unplug it and do not use it until the modification has taken place.


product Recall Information

Product recalls are made by traders about products that have problems which could affect the safety of the user/consumer.  The product should not be used and should be returned to the trader.

View more information on the product recall here >

Following an incident where 8 people were injured when a Barrel Train overturned, HSENI would like to remind businesses who operate barrel (egg) trains at open farms and other similar leisure facilities, that the operator has a legal duty to take reasonably practicable measures to ensure the safety of their employees and others, including members of the public riding in the train. ​


Smyths Toys has announced an important safety warning on all bikes sold from 1st January to 31st July 2021.

Note: The incorrect housins cable may have been used and over time this may affect the performance of the brakes. 

What to do: Please return your product to your local Smyths Toys Superstores. The Bike Expert's in store will inspect your bike, replace the cable and adjust your bike if required. They may need to keep your bike for up to 3-5 working days to repair if required. 

  • List of bikes affected for Northern Ireland Customers:
    187671 - 12" Tiger Black/Red Bike
    118062 - 14" Dinosaur
    172771 - 16" Mini Freestyle
    158323 - 16" Team MX-16
    135176 - 20" Blaze Bike

Find out more information at https://www.smythstoys.com/uk/en-gb/Product-Information


If you have any queries please contact:


Derry City & Strabane District Council
028 71 253 253