London Fire Brigade has issued a warning over tumble dryers after massive tower block blaze in west London.
Last week a blaze ripped through an 18 storey high rise. It took 120 firefighters to put it out. LFB fire investigators believe it was caused by a faulty Indesit tumble dryer which was subject to ‘corrective action’ by the manufacturer. It was due to be seen by an engineer.
The brigade says it has five concerns about Whirlpool's advice:
- The safety notice was issued due to the danger of fire and any fire has the potential to endanger life and property.
- It’s impractical for most people to remain with an appliance for the duration of a drying cycle.
- If the dryer does catch fire while it’s attended this still presents a risk to the occupants.
- If the owner attempts to put out a fire in an appliance they could be putting their life at risk. The Brigade’s advice is to not risk tackling the fire, always raise the alarm, get out, stay out and call 999.
- The time a fire may break out because of a fault is unpredictable. The ignition of fluff accumulated around a heating element may cause a smouldering fire which might not be discovered until the appliance has finished being used and the owner has gone to bed.
Friday’s blaze started in the kitchen of a seventh floor flat and the occupants were in at the time and using their tumble dryer. Thankfully they were uninjured and escaped smoke coming from the dryer. The residents of four other flats in the block have also had to be rehoused following the blaze.