Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people of the dangers of leaving dishwashers switched on and unattended following a spate of fires involving dishwashers.
Fire crews have seen an increase in fires involving dishwashers just recently and firefighters have attended three incidents involving dishwasher fires over the past few weeks.
Appliances from Rugeley and Abbots Bromley attended an incident on 12th April involving a dishwasher fire. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire using one hose reel jet and then ventilated the property.
Fortunately the occupants were at home when the fire started and were able to alert the fire service.
Firefighters from Longton and Hanley were called to a house fire on Waterhead Road in Meir on 11th April at 10.09am.
Upon arrival firefighters discovered smoke coming from the kitchen. They entered the property and discovered a dishwasher on fire. Wearing breathing apparatus they tackled the fire using one hose reel jet. Nobody was injured in the fire and fire crews left the scene at 11.05am.
On 31st March at around 9am fire and rescue crews were called to a house fire on Gainsborough Drive in Perton. Firefighters from Codsall attended the incident that involved a dishwasher that was on fire in the kitchen on the ground floor of the property.
One hose reel jet was used to tackle the fire. Two men were treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics at the scene. Firefighters left the scene at 9.59am.
Risk Reduction Manager, Glynn Luznyj said: "We advise people to ensure they remain in the home when dishwashers or other electrical appliances are switched on.
"We also recommend that people do not put such appliances on before they go to bed as if a fire happens during the night it may go undetected and could result in very serious consequences."
"We are also aware that BOSCH have recalled a number of their dishwasher models, following a potential overheating issue in the control panel. This has resulted in a number of serious fires in domestic properties. The most recent have occurred in Wales and Norfolk."
BOSCH Home Appliances Limited has announced an in-home repair programme of certain dishwashers manufactured between 1999 and early 2005, for models purchased and used in the United Kingdom only. The affected dishwashers are in the batch number range from FD 7901 to FD 8504. The model and batch numbers can be found inside the dishwasher door panel, on the upper left side or at the top.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to check if any of their electrical appliances are subject to product recalls by manufacturers. Anyone can do a quick check via the Electrical Safety Council website at http://www.esc.org.uk/public/guides-and-advice/product-recalls/