Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people of the dangers of tumble dryers following two incidents involving tumble dryers last night.
"Tumble dryer filters should be cleaned out regularly and manufacturer’s instructions should be followed at all times."
The first incident was reported at around 9.15pm on Tean Road in Cheadle. Firefighters from Cheadle and Longton attended the incident involving a tumble dryer that had caught fire due to the filter being blocked with fluff.
The fire was already out when firefighters arrived. The tumble dryer was taken outside and the property was ventilated. The fire caused light smoke damage to the room that the fire started in. The incident closed at 9.24pm.
The second call was received at 11.41pm reporting a fire involving a tumble dryer at a terraced property on Leigh Street in Burslem where the clothes inside the tumble dryer had caught fire. The occupant had attempted to put out the fire by removing some of the clothes and taking them outside. Firefighters used one hose reel jet to extinguish the remaining clothes.
The fire caused light smoke damage to the downstairs rooms and to the drum of the tumble dryer. The incident was closed 12.29am.
Station Manager Ian Read said:” We would advise people not to tackle a fire themselves but to switch off the appliance, if it is safe to do so, close the door, get out of the property and call 999.
“We encourage people to take extra care when using tumble dryers. These appliances should be serviced regularly to ensure they are safe for use. Tumble dryer filters should be cleaned out regularly and manufacturer’s instructions should be followed at all times. Electrical appliances should be turned off when you leave the property and overnight.”