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Firefighters issue smoke alarm warning after dishwasher blaze

Borough: Salford

Incident Date: 21 June 2016

FIREFIGHTERS have urged residents to make sure their smoke alarms are installed correctly after a household in Swinton had a lucky escape following a dishwasher fire.

A crew from Agecroft and Eccles were called to a house on Vendale Avenue, Swinton, shortly after midnight on June 21, 2016.

Firefighters found a dishwasher on fire in the kitchen of the property and used breathing apparatus and a hose reel to extinguish the blaze.

Watch Manager Kris Meredith, said: “The people who lived in this house were incredibly lucky, their smoke alarms were installed on a wall and didn’t detect the smoke.

“Thankfully a man who lived in the house smelt the smoke before he fell asleep and if he hadn’t this incident would have had a very different outcome.

“Smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling on every level of your home – if you need help installing them please get in touch with us and we’ll help you fit them.”

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, added: “Appliances like dishwashers, tumble dryers and washing machines sometimes cause fires.

“You can limit the risk by keeping them properly maintained and always adhering to the manufacturer’s instructions.

“Recently some appliances have been recalled by manufacturers. You can register your appliance and check if it is on the recall list here: www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/product-recalls/.”

For advice about smoke alarms or to book a free Safe and Well visit please call 0800 555 815 or visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk.

Last update: 21/06/2016 09:29:54
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