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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Tumble dryer fire sparks safety warning

01/05/2015

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Firefighters are urging people never to leave tumble dryers on while they are out of the house following a fire in Lichfield.

"I cannot stress strongly enough the importance of never putting tumble dryers - or washing machines - on and then leaving the house or going to bed. Lint can build up within the machines and filters and it is extremely easy for it to catch fire."

Lichfield Watch Manager Steve Whitehouse

One crew from Lichfield and one from Chase Terrace attended the incident on Birmingham Road at 4.21pm yesterday. The property was empty at the time and firefighters had to force entry to gain access to the utility room.

They used one hose reel jet and wore four breathing apparatus to tackle the blaze. A pressurised fan was also used to ventilate the property which was heavily smoke logged. Crews left the scene at 5.43pm.

Lichfield Watch Manager Steve Whitehouse said: "I cannot stress strongly enough the importance of never putting tumble dryers - or washing machines - on and then leaving the house or going to bed. Lint can build up within the machines and filters and it is extremely easy for it to catch fire.

"It is vital that people check their tumble dryer thoroughly before using it and remove any bits of fluff in the filter, cleaning it regularly. Taking these simple steps can help to keep you and your family safe."