tumble dryer safety | believe housing

Wednesday, 24 February

coronavirus update

After the announcement of the national roadmap on gradually easing coronavirus restrictions, we are currently looking at the detail of the plan and working out when it will be appropriate to reintroduce services such as non-essential repairs. We’ll provide a detailed update as soon as possible.

tumble dryer safety

Tumble dryers and washing machines contain powerful motors with fast moving parts that get very hot.

Tips and advice:

  • Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions before using your dryer
  • Clean and maintain your machine regularly as excess fluff or lint can build up over time and catch fire
  • Never leave your appliance unattended or running overnight
  • Never overload your washing machine or dryer or put items in that have been used to soak up flammable or combustible liquids, like tea towels
  • Keep your dryer well ventilated, ensuring the vent pipe is kink-free and not blocked or crushed in any way
  • Have your dryer serviced regularly by a qualified engineer
  • Don’t ignore the warning signs:
    • Does your tumble dryer smell of burning?
    • Are your clothes taking longer to dry?
    • Do the clothes feel hotter at the end of the cycle?
    • Does the external vent flap stay shut when the dryer is on?
    • If you notice any of the above, clean the filter and check the vent pipe immediately.
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