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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Tumble dryer blaze sparks safety warning

20/10/2014

Three fire appliances
Trio of appliances

Firefighters are urging people to ensure their tumble dryers are regularly maintained following a blaze in Burton.

"People are going to be using tumble dryers much more frequently now that the colder weather has arrived and it is absolutely vital that the equipment is checked regularly and maintained in accordance with the manufacturers' guidelines." 

Graham Mills - Station Manager

The incident happened when the extractor pipe became clogged up with bits of fluff. This trapped the heat in the pipe and set the fluff alight at the back of the machine.

Firefighters from Burton attended the incident at a property on The Wickets, Stapenhill, at 6.20pm on Thursday, October 16.

The fire was already out when crews arrived however, they ventilated the property which had light smoke damage and treated a female occupant with Oxygen Therapy. Crews left at 7.10pm and the incident was classed as accidental.

Station Manager Graham Mills, who led the incident, said: "People are going to be using tumble dryers much more frequently now that the colder weather has arrived and it is absolutely vital that the equipment is checked regularly and maintained in accordance with the manufacturers’ guidelines. Tumble dryer filters should also be cleaned out and electrical appliances should always be turned off when you leave the property and overnight."

For information on electrical fire safety visit: http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/424.asp