Tumble Dryer Safety Tips
Tumble Dryer Top Safety Tips
1. After each use
Clean the fluff or lint filter
Condenser dryers- drawer at top or base requires cleaning/emptying
2. Every 6 months
Vacuum the areas where the lint or fluff builds up
Vacuum heater area, Blower housing and vent pipe connection
Check external vent if one is fitted
Condenser dryers clean and vacuum condenser unit at base of machine (this will have water in it)
3. Once a year
Remove and check vent pipe for fluff or lint and any exterior vent cover
Never overload the tumble dryer or put items in that may have come in to contact with flammable liquids
Make sure the vent pipe if fitted is not kinked, blocked or crushed
Check the mains cable is OK with no cuts/splits or crushed anywhere
Check the plug and socket for signs of overheating/burn marks
If using a extension lead (not advisable) make sure it is fully unwound as this can overheat
Never leave it running when no one is in or use it over night unattended
Have it serviced regularly by a qualified engineer
4. Don’t ignore the warning signs
Does it smell of burning ?
Are your clothes taking longer to dry ? Especially heavy items such as towels
Do the clothes or cabinet feel hotter than usual after it has finished the cycle ?
Does the external flap stay shut when dryer is running ?
If you notice any of the above then thoroughly check the dryer following the steps listed !