Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued a fresh warning to residents about not leaving tumble dryers on overnight following a serious fire in Blurton yesterday.
"The tumble-dryer caught fire and caused significant damage to the kitchen. There are two very serious messages to heed here – always ensure that your smoke alarms are in good working order and never put a dishwasher, tumbler dryer or washing machine on when you are in bed or out of the house."
Station Manager Ruth Watchorn-Rice
Two crews from Longton and one from Hanley attended the blaze which broke out at 1.14am at a property in Halton Green.
Firefighters used two breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet to tackle the fire which left the kitchen severely damaged.
The family of six was alerted to the situation following a loud bang when the tumble dryer caught fire. The smoke alarms were not in working order so did not activate.
After putting out the blaze, the crews left the scene at 2.20am.
In the north of the county, there were 193 fires involving property between November 2012 and September 2013. Out of these, 137 were kitchen fires.
The Service is now urging people not to put white goods including tumble dryers, dishwashers and washing machines on overnight or while the house is empty and to ‘push the button’ on their smoke alarms regularly to ensure they are working.
Station Manager Ruth Watchorn-Rice said: "This family had a very lucky escape as none of the smoke alarms were working so the only reason they knew about the fire was when they heard a loud bang.
"The tumble-dryer caught fire and caused significant damage to the kitchen. There are two very serious messages to heed here – always ensure that your smoke alarms are in good working order and never put a dishwasher, tumbler dryer or washing machine on when you are in bed or out of the house. This situation is bad enough but it could have been a whole lot worse."
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service can send people a weekly email as a reminder to ‘push the button’ and check that smoke alarms are working.
Visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/pushthebutton.asp to sign up.
People are also being encouraged to book a free Home Fire Risk Check by calling Freephone 0800 0241 999. This involves firefighters or technicians visiting your home to fit smoke alarms, identify any fire risks and discuss fire safety.