One tumble dryer bursts into flames nearly every day in the UK!
- Don’t use your dryer when you are out of the house or asleep in bed.
- Don’t overload your tumble dryer – as well as your clothes taking much longer to dry and costing you more money, overloading can cause a fire risk; the element at the back of the tumble dryer can cause the clothing to overheat and combust.
- If you have clothing that has been contaminated with substances such as solvents, grease, oils or fats dry them naturally; don’t dry them in your tumble dryer as these substances can all ignite when in contact with extreme heat.
- Keep your tumble dryer well-maintained – clean it each time you use it by cleaning and clearing the filters from lint and fluff.
- Ensure the machine is well ventilated, that there are no kinks in the ventilation pipe and that any external vent flap is able to open when the dryer is on.
- Don’t use the dryer if it develops scorch marks or you notice any damaged or loose wires.
Remember, always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Dishwashers and Washing Machines
- Avoid using your dishwasher or washing machine at night when you are asleep or when you are not at home.
- Regularly clean all filters in the machine and inspect detergent drawers for signs of cracks – cracks could enable water to enter the machine parts and increase the risk of electrical fire.