Posted: Tue 4th Apr 2023

Firefighters share important advice after Connah’s Quay launderette blaze

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Apr 4th, 2023

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is highlighting the importance of allowing tumble dryers to complete their cooling cycles following a fire at a launderette in Connah’s Quay over the weekend.

Firefighters were called to the blaze around 9.15 pm on Saturday evening.

Two fire crews from Deeside and one from Buckley were dispatched to the scene to bring the fire under control.

No injuries have been reported in connection with the incident.

The fire service is taking this opportunity to remind the public about the dangers of using white goods, such as tumble dryers, without care or without following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Fires can occur if white goods are used incorrectly, which is why it is important to take steps to prevent them.

According to the fire service, one of the most important things to remember is to allow tumble dryers to complete their cooling cycles and to keep appliances in good working order.

They have provided a list of safety tips:

  • Don’t overload plug sockets – the high wattage for a tumble dryer means that it needs its own 13-amp socket. Keep an eye out for any scorching or burn marks, including checking any visible electrical wires.
  • Don’t leave appliances unattended – don’t turn the tumble dryer on before you leave the house or go to bed. Tumble dryers contain powerful motors with fast moving parts that can get very hot.
  • Keep your dryer well ventilated, make sure the vent pipe is kink free and not blocked or crushed in any way.
  • Always clean out the filter after using your tumble dryer.
  • Always allow each drying programme, including the ‘cool down cycle’, to complete fully before emptying the machine. If you stop the machine mid cycle, the clothing will still be hot.
  • Don’t ignore the warning signs – if you can smell burning or clothes feel hotter at the end of the cycle, stop using your appliance and have it checked out by a professional.

A tumble dryer safety advice videos here.

Always make sure you have a working smoke alarm and test it regularly – it is recommended once a week!

You should also ensure you have an escape plan for you and your family should a fire occur – and once you’re out of the house, you should always stay out, never go back.

Remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the use and maintenance of your own appliances – register your appliance at www.registermyappliance.org.uk so that manufacturers can contact you if any faults become apparent or if any recall notices are issued.

Further information from manufacturers on defects, or appliances that have been recalled, can also be found on the Electrical Safety First website www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk

 

 

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