Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Tumble dryer fire - firefighters issue safety message

Halstead Road, Eight Ash Green
04/02/2020 @ 23:40
Incident Number: 117372
In attendance: 1 x Colchester, 1 x Coggeshall

Firefighters are issuing safety advice to anyone who uses tumble dryers, washing machines or dishwashers through the night. 

Firefighters were called to a house in Halstead Road, Eight Ash Green, last night after the homeowner realised their tumble dryer had caught alight.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, which was in the conservatory, and cleared the smoke from the room. 

Watch Manager Richard Lark, Colchester Fire Station, said:

"The homeowner had switched his tumble dryer on to run while he was asleep, but thankfully noticed that it had caught alight just as he was going to bed. 

"Time and time again we see people using tumble dryers, washing machines and dishwashers either through the night or while they are out, but it's just not worth taking the risk.

"Only use these appliances when you are at home and awake, and of course to make sure you're alerted to the first sign of fire always have a working smoke alarm on every level of your house."

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