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Tumble dryer fire - firefighters issue safety warning

Eastcote Grove, Southend
02/01/2019 @ 14:10
Incident Number: 92828
In attendance: 2 x Southend


Firefighters were called to a fire in a garage which had started in a tumble dryer.

When crews arrived they reported the garage was full of smoke. Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire by 2:25pm. The garage has suffered significant fire damage.

Watch Manager Dan Wastell, Southend Fire Station said:

"Incident like these show how important it is to take extra care when using a tumble dryer. Follow our safety advice when using a tumble dryer at home to keep you and your family safe:

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Don’t use tumble dryers at night or while unattended
  • Clean the filters after each use to ensure they do not become blocked with fluff
  • Items should be removed from the dryer immediately after the cycle and shaken loose to assist cooling
  • Ensure that the appliance has its own plug socket. Do not overload extension leads. Ensure that no more than 13 amps are in any one plug socket.

"We also want to remind people of the importance of smoke alarms. Smoke alarms give you ealry warning of a fire giving you and family time to get out of the house safely.

"Essex County Fire and Rescue Service provide FREE smoke alarms to anyone living in Essex. To arrange a home fire safety visit call: 0300 303 0088 or book online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book."

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