Fire service warns residents to take extra care when using tumble dryers this Home Safety Week

FIREFIGHTERS in Bolton were called to deal with an incident at a flat in the Breightmet last night (October 1).

At 9.35pm three fire engines from Bolton North and Bolton Central attended a house in Deepdale Road.

On arrival they found the kitchen to be well alight. It is believed the fire was caused by a tumble drier.

Crew wearing breathing apparatus dealt with the fire using a hose reel before thoroughly ventilating the property.

Thankfully, no one was injured in the fire but GMFRS are warning people to take extra care in the home.

Head of Prevention, Area Manager Paul Duggan said: “This incident is a timely reminder that, during Home Safety Week, extra caution has to be taken when using all electrical items, not just tumble dryers.

“Tumble dryers have been around for a long time and used safely they can be a useful addition to your household. However, if fluff is allowed to accumulate in the filter, near blocked vents, and at the rear of your dryer you increase the risk of this fluff catching fire from the heat created by the dryer.”

To stay safe Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) recommends you follow the below points:

  • Ensure lint is removed after every load of clothes is dried
  • Do not cover the vent or any other opening
  • Sweep or vacuum the areas around the dryer regularly to prevent fluff build up
  • Do not use tumble dryers while sleeping or away from home

Paul continued: “A big thanks goes to the fast-thinking crews for their actions at this incident. This is just one example of how quickly a fire can start in the home. Please ensure that you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home and visit our website to read our home safety advice.”

Residents are also reminded to never leaving your house with appliances switched on, particularly washing machines and tumble dryers as a fire can occur quickly. 

02/10/2020 15:24 PM