Information On Fire Risks Associated with Tumble Dryers

There are just a few rules to follow when using a tumble dryer:

  • Never leave the house unattended when the tumble dryer is running – if you take the time to read your manufacturer’s handbook, you will see this phrase clearly stated.  It is there for a reason
  • Ensure you have a working smoke alarm fitted in your house – this is obviously the same recommendation you will receive from your Fire Service.  This is not just for tumble dryers, however, but is for the safety of your household.
  • Clean the filter of fluff after each tumble cycle

 

Are Tumble Dryers Dangerous?

The simple answer to this question is, thankfully, no.

The reason tumble dryers can combust is purely down to the user.  Failing to regularly clean the filter causes the fluff to build up, this can then be forced through the air system.  When it reaches the heater, it may well ignite.  Hopefully before this happens you will have noticed a burning smell, and perhaps seen some smoke.

What you need to do immediately is to turn the power off , allow the appliance to cool down and then set to work cleaning the filter.  If you cannot reach all the fluff yourself, as it has been pulled deeper in the air system, you may well need to call in professional assistance.  They won’t be too thrilled to see what you have done, but they will clean the area thoroughly and ensure the appliance will no longer be a fire hazard.  Read More Here…

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