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Overnight incidents – Wednesday, December 3, 2018

Borough: Manchester

Incident Date: 03 January 2018

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service attended 30 incidents overnight between 5.30pm on January 3, and 8.00am on January 4, 2018.

Tumble dryer fire – Manchester

AT 10:50pm on Wednesday, January 3, three crews from Blackley, Chadderton and Philips Park attended an incident involving a tumble dryer at a semi-detached property in Teddington Road, Manchester.

Firefighters wearing two breathing apparatus extinguished the flames using one hose reel and a positive pressure ventilation fan.

The cause of the fire was accidental and is believed to be down to an accumulation of fluff around the motor, causing it to melt. Firefighters were in attendance for half an hour.

Tumble dryers have been around for a long time, and used safely they can be a useful addition to your household.  However, if fluff is allowed to accumulate in the filter, near blocked vents, and at the rear of your dryer you increase the risk of this fluff catching fire from the heat created by the dryer.

To stay safe we recommend you follow the below points:

  • Lint is removed after every load of clothes is dried.
  • You do not cover the vent or any other opening.
  • You sweep or vacuum the areas around the dryer regularly to prevent fluff build up.
  • Do not use tumble dryers while sleeping or away from home.
Last update: 14/02/2018 15:10:38
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