If you leave tumble dryers, washing machines, dishwashers and other kitchen appliances running when you are at work or asleep, you could be running the risk of a serious house fire.
This is the message of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, following a bungalow fire in Houghton in the morning of March 23rd.
The blaze started in the kitchen, but when firefighters arrived at the property at around 11am, it had already reached the roof space.
Fortunately, the building was empty at the time, and nobody was hurt in the fire, but the roof space and dormer experienced serious damage.
When investigators examined the damage, they suggested that the washing machine was responsible, but the fire service later revealed that the fire started with the dishwasher.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service Deputy Head of Community Safety Steve Davies said people need to understand the risks they face by leaving electrical appliances on while they sleep or while the house is unattended.
He explained that the high wattage, motors and friction in dishwashers, tumble dryers and washing machines pose a fire risk, and recommended that people clean the lint out of their tumble dryer after every use and that they do not cover vents or other openings.
Working smoke alarms can also be a “lifesaver” when things go wrong, he added.
People in Mid and West Wales who wish to receive a free Home Fire Safety Risk can do so by calling 0800 169 123. People in other parts of the country should enquire with their local fire department.
Other kitchen fire tips recently released by the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service include:
- Don’t get distracted when preparing food;
- Turn the heat down or take pans off the heat if you need to leave the kitchen;
- Avoid loose clothing, as this can catch fire; and
- Be careful if you have taken prescription drugs or consumed alcohol, as you may lose concentration or feel drowsy.
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