Top five biggest fire risks in the home
Reduce the chances of a washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher causing a fire
Never leave an appliance such as a washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher running when you are out, or asleep. If it starts to smoke or a small fire breaks out and you’re in the house, you can call the fire service who can deal with the fire before it develops. This will reduce the risk of it causing more serious damage to your whole home.
Use one socket per appliance. All of these appliances are powerful and use a lot of electricity, so should never be used with extension leads or multi-plug sockets. This will overload the socket and could cause a fire.
- Clear out the lint from your tumble dryer after every use. Follow the manufacturers’ guidelines for cleaning and maintenance.
What to do if there's a fire
Get out of the building, closing any doors behind you.
Stay out of the building.
Call 999 and ask for the fire service.