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  Tumble Dryer Safety

How to stay safe using a dryer and prevent fire risks


Pull the filter out and clean it, takes seconds and can save you money as well as prevent fire risk

In light of the recent events surrounding the safety of tumble dryer we thought we’d get together a simple guide to make sure you stay safe when using your dryer.

We are deliberately keeping this brief with the main points and a short explanation, if you need more details on each there are other articles on the site that can explain each of these points more in depth.

  Keep Filters Clear

Before every single use, every second at the very most clean out the filters!

Not doing this reduces efficiency, costs you money on extra electricity and is a danger as it can allow lint/fluff into the dryer.

We cannot stress enough how important that this is for general running but also for safety, it is imperative that this is done.

We even found a video (below) from Canada, where unsurprisingly the same problems are seen that demonstrates just how much of a problem that this can become.

Keep in mind that the slightest spark can make lint go up in flames, within minutes you can have a major problem.

  Keep Condenser Units Clear

For exactly the same reasons as above.

  Do Not Overload Your Tumble Dryer

You restrict airflow, making the dryer less efficient and it will use masses more electricity, it will not save anything.

You also strain the belt, motor and prevent correct arflow over the thermostats and heater, this is a potential safety hazard, do not do it!

(More on tumble dryer overloading and correct loading)

  Only Dry Suitable Items

Check that the times you tumble dry can be tumble dried, look for the symbols that let you know it’s okay to tumble dry an item. See below for the tumble dry symbols.

If there isn’t one, don’t chance it.

Never try to dry plastic backed mats or any other items such as this as these can cause fire if the plastic melts and gets to the heater.

(More on common fire risks accociated with tumble dryers)

  Never Open The Door Till Finished

If you open the door before the cycle is complete, you cut airflow immediately and the best is that you may only have a thermostat fail.

Let your tumble dryer get to the end of the cycle or, if you need to switch it off sooner, turn it to a cool down or no heat setting to let it cool.

(More about tumble dryer thermostat failure)

  Do Not Run Consecutive Programs

Running dry cycles back to back, one after the other is strongly advised against.

Allow the dryer at least 30 minutes to cool down between uses.

  Only Use At Room Temperature

Most modern dryers are unsuitable for use in outbuildings, garages and so on especially when they are unheated.

Modern tumble dryers will often not perform well, efficiently and can suffer failures in low and very high temperature environments. They are not designed to cope with this.

(More about tumble dryer installation requirements)


  Tumble Dry Symbols

If an item can be dried in your tumble dryer it should have one of the following symbols on the care label. If it doesn't, or it has the "Do Not Tumble Dry" one on it then do not tumble dry it as if this is the cae, the best you can hope for is a ruined garment.

If an item of clothing etc can be tumble dried then it should have one of these symbols on the care label

Hi can you please tell me if my dryer is faulty..
the model number is 76aw

We have had a Zanussi Sudio Line TC 180 for 7 years. It has served us well. Recently the outside where the vent is is getting very hot. I have made sure that there is clear space for ventilation but it is in a small room without access to external ventilation. We have had some very hot days here (CA12 4HZ) which made the matter worse to the point that my wife is scares of a fire. What could be the fault(s)?

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