Cambridgeshire Fire Service are urging people to remove oil residues from clothing before being placed into tumble dryers.
The warning comes after towels were placed in an industrial dryer at a local business and the heat caused the oils to combust, setting fire to the materials and causing a fire inside the drum of the dryer.
The service has made contact with pubs and restaurants across the county to highlight the potential dangers.
The fire service has issued the following safety tips;
- Ensure wash temperatures and detergents are suitable for the optimum removal of oil-based contaminants
- Allow laundry to complete the cooling cycle in the tumble dryer, shaking out laundry to ventilate before folding
- Ensure stack or pile is well ventilated
- Make sure you have a smoke alarm on each floor of your premises and that it is test regularly.