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Fire Service issues safety message following tumble dryer fire

31/10/2017 08:00

On Monday afternoon at 1.50pm firefighters from Morriston and Pontardawe attended a kitchen fire in Glais, Pontardawe.

The fire, which was a result of a tumble dryer, was extinguished by crews using 4 Breathing Apparatus and 2 Thermal Imaging Cameras. The occupant was out of the property upon arrival of firefighters, and was treated by firefighters before being conveyed to hospital. 

Crews left the scene at 4.06pm.

Following this incident, the Fire Service is issuing the following safety information regarding tumble dryer safety: 

Tumble Dryer Safety Advice

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the use and maintenance of the appliance

Clean the lint trap after every use – the build up of lint or fluff can cause fires

Don’t overload plug sockets – the high wattage for a tumble dryer means that it needs its own 13 amp socket.

Don’t leave appliances unattended – don’t turn the tumble dryer on before you leave the house or go to bed.  Tumble dryers contain powerful motors with fast moving parts that get very hot.  

Don’t ignore warning signs  - If you can smell burning or clothes feel hotter at the end of cycle, have your appliance checked out.

Don’t overload your tumble dryer or put items in that have been used to soak up flammable liquids including cooking oil.

General fire safety advice in the home

Working smoke alarms save lives – Make sure you have smoke alarms correctly fitted and that you test the alarms regularly, we recommend once a week.

Make sure you and your family have a bedtime routine that makes sure your home is safe

Have an escape plan for your family in case a fire does occur

If a fire does occur, get out of the property as quickly as possible.  Smoke can be extremely toxic particulary where electrical appliances are involved and just a few breaths can be lethal.

Don’t go back into the house to save possessions.  

Advice on home safety and free home fire safety checks is available from your local Fire and Rescue Service. Contact them through the websites below or by calling 0800 169 1234 for more information.

For all of the information you need to know on electrical safety visit the Electrical Safety First website here