tumble dryers, washing machines, dishwashers

Follow this advice to reduce the risk of a fire

Firefighters are reminding householders to follow some simple safety advice when using tumble dryers, washing machines or dishwashers.

In the past 12 months, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has been called to about 40 fires involving these household appliances.

General safety

  • Don’t leave the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher running overnight or while you are out. They are a fire risk because of their high wattage, friction and motors.

  • Look out for product recall notices, which are released in the media and listed on the Electrical Safety First product recall checker.

  • If you haven't already done so, many domestic appliances up to 12 years old can be registered on the Register My Appliance website. Click here for more details.

Tumble dryer safety

  • Remove the lint from the trap after every load of clothes dried.
  • Do not cover the vent or any other opening.
  • Ensure the vent pipe is free of kinks and is not crushed in any way.
  • Only used recommended vent pipes, and not improvised ones.
  • Only vent the warm air to the outside of a building.
  • Do not put rags or materials into your tumble dryer if they have been used to soak up flammable liquids.

Tell-tale signs that your tumble dryer is not properly ventilated:

  • Clothes take a very long time to dry, especially heavy articles of clothing such as towels or jeans.
  • Clothes feel hotter than usual at the end of the cycle.
  • The flapper on the vent hood remains closed when the dryer is on.