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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