This is part 2 of a series of articles about the dangers of modern white goods appliances and how you can improve appliance safety in your home. Read part 1 first (How dangerous are our appliances?) for a full understanding of these very real dangers. This is not just a shallow list of do’s and don’ts. It’s an in depth look accompanied by reasons and explanations.
White goods appliances come with an inherent risk. We do not need to increase this risk. Bad design, poor quality, user misuse and complacency all increase this risk unnecessarily. You might be unwilling to make the effort to even read this article if you’ve not experienced any incidents, and don’t know anyone who has. The reality is that many of our white goods appliances are potentially very dangerous.
I’ve just read a news article about another tumble dryer that has caught fire causing serious damage. The article also mentions that 3 people have died and 300 injured in recent years by tumble dryer fires. However, what’s different and more shocking about this one is that it is reported that the dryer had been unplugged at the time – Fire at Honley home after UNPLUGGED tumble dryer bursts into flames. The article doesn’t offer any explanation as to how that was possible.
I write a lot about appliance safety, but I’ve always been surprised and disappointed at how few of my articles warning about fire risks in appliances get shared. It’s not a pleasant thing to think about, but it’s empowering to pro-actively cut down risks and it’s good to potentially help others by sharing warnings. Spending a little time and learning from other people’s experiences (see below) and taking notice of a few easy tips can reduce risks and genuinely save lives.
Don’t stop a tumble dryer mid-cycle. Especially if it’s been on a while and is very hot. There are two potential consequences. Turning it off mid-cycle could cause a malfunction, or could cause laundry inside to catch fire.