Are your white goods at risk of catching fire?

It’s all over the news that people are thought to be at risk as a result of faulty white goods. This coverage comes off the back of reports by the London Fire Brigade, major and safe groups, who are ordering government policies to safeguard people in their own homes. The same can apply with commercial equipment. So the question is. How safe are you?

We know that purchasing commercial equipment can be a daunting experience, but it doesn’t have to be if you make sure that whatever you have has regular maintenance and you follow the appropriate safety guidelines.

To answer some of our customers potential concerns, we spoke to, Garry Flatt, of Laundry Equipment Direct.

What makes driers so dangerous?

Equipment like tumble dryers operate around 175 degrees Celsius, well above boiling temperature and enough to scorch fabric if the machine is not operating properly. In addition to their high working temperature, when lint or fluff from fabric becomes dried like tinder, it is vulnerable to ignition. If the machine is put on too high a setting for the fabrics being dried, then they can catch fire very quickly.

The same goes for other commercial equipment. They are made to withstand regular use and therefore go to higher temperatures than the average home machines.

What are the most common reasons for the problems?

It’s important that you assess the area surrounding your equipment to check for adequate ventilation. Poor ventilation and no servicing are major contributors to a fire risk, which can be easily avoided through routine maintenance.

Do homeowners or businesses need to worry?

Any white goods or commercial equipment that have regular maintenance and safety checks, puts everyone at a lessened risk. Ensure that combustible items, including plastic bottles or toys, are not near their vent and removing the lint left behind after each use, are two small ways you can help to safeguard your appliance. 

Whilst you should always be cautious that you are following all the correct guidelines, there are specialist engineers that are trained to put your mind at ease about the appliances in your home.