Firefighters renew warning after dishwasher fire

Tue 15 Apr, 2014


Firefighters are urging people to use dishwashers, washing machines and tumble dryers during waking hours only, and not set them to come on when they’re asleep or out of the house.

The warning follows a fire this morning at a house in Barnhill Gardens, Marlow. Crews from Marlow and High Wycombe were called to the incident at 8.15am.

Crew Manager Bill Lambrich, from High Wycombe Fire Station, said: “The occupier was about to leave the house while her dishwasher was on, but noticed a smell and went back to find that it had just started to catch fire.

"If it had happened a few moments later, after she had left the house, it could have developed into a much more serious fire."

Firefighters disconnected the dishwasher and took it outside, and carried out a safety check in her home.

Bill added: "We also recommend that people complete a night-time routine, turning off any electrical appliances that don’t need to be left on, closing doors and keeping escape routes clear.”

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service will carry out a free safety check in your home, fitting free smoke alarms where they are needed. To book one, ring 01296 744477 or send an email to cs@bucksfire.gov.uk.