Cleveland Fire Brigade is urging residents to ensure they are maintaining their white goods as part of UK Home Safety Week this week (26 September – 2 October).
With more than a quarter of accidental house fires across Teesside (2015/2016) caused by electrical faults, Fire Chiefs are issuing some timely advice to help keep people safer in their home from electrical fires.
Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection said, “Although the number of accidental house fires has dropped from 171 in 2014/15 to 131 in 2015/16 in our area which is fantastic news, many of these fires could still be avoidable.
“All appliances carry a risk of causing fires but there are a number of precautions that can be taken to help reduce the risk of fire in your home. These include:
- Unplug appliances and electrical equipment when not in use, unless they are designed to be left on, like your fridge or freezer
- Regularly check for worn or frayed wires – always ensure cables are secured properly to the plug before plugging in anything
- Ensure tumble dryers and washing machines are cleaned and maintained – excess fluff can build up over time and catch fire
- Keep all appliances clean and in good working order – look out for fuses that blow, circuit-breakers that trip for no obvious reason and flickering lights
- Don’t ignore the warning signs – Does your tumble dryer smell of burning? Are your clothes taking longer to dry? Do the clothes feel hotter at the end of the cycle? Does the external vent flap stay shut when the dryer is on? If you notice any of the above, clean the filter and check the vent pipe immediately.“
As well as following these top tips I would also highly recommend registering your appliances so that you can be contacted should there be a recall or fault found by the manufacturer of any of your white goods. This can be done online at www.registermyappliance.org.uk.
“Help us to help you, to keep you and your family safer from fire by following these top tips today!”