Stay safe from white goods fires

Did you know fire crews were called to 327 white goods fires in Scotland last year?

Follow our advice to stay safe from white goods fires

They included 121 fires caused by washing machines, 111 caused by tumble dryers, 53 by fridge-freezers and 33 caused by dishwashers.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has launched a new campaign to highlight the dangers of such fires, with advice on what to do to stay safe.

SFRS Deputy Chief Officer David McGown said: “People may not associate white goods such as washing machines and tumble dryers with fire, but we responded to 327 white goods fires last year alone.

“People are aware of the traditional causes of fire in the home, such as cooking, smoking and alcohol, but the risk of fire from white goods is also one which we all face.

“These new figures show that house fires involving white goods happen every week. Our message is clear. Use your white goods safely. Don’t risk it. If you’re out or asleep, it’s just not on.”

There are simple steps everyone can take to avoid fires involving appliances such as tumble dryers, washing machines and dishwashers.

Follow this advice to help you stay safe:

  • Don’t leave appliances such as dishwashers, tumble dryers and washing machines running when you are sleeping
  • If you’re not in, make sure your appliances are switched off
  • Don’t overfill your washing machine or tumble dryer – it could help you avoid a fire
  • Clean the lint trap on your tumble dryer after every use.

Registering your appliances will let you know if there’s a safety issue identified. Visit www.registermyappliance.org.uk

You can also check for product recalls in case there is a safety issue with any of your white goods. Visit www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/product-recalls

The SFRS campaign will see safety adverts and features appearing across press, radio and television across the country.

Remember, setting up a free home fire safety visit will help protect you from then risk of fire at home.

To set one up for you or someone you know, call 0800 0731 999 or give us a phone.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019