White goods

'White goods' refer to the electrical appliances you might use within your home or business. This could be your tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher or fridge/freezer

Fires can occur if white goods are used without care or without following the manufacturer's instructions.

Remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the use and maintenance of your own appliances - register your appliance - so that manufacturers can contact you if any faults become apparent or if any recall notices are issued.  

Further information from manufacturers on defects, or appliances that have been recalled, can also be found on the Electrical Safety First website.

Always make sure you have a working smoke alarm and test it regularly - we recommend once a week! You should also ensure you have an escape plan for you and your family should a fire occur - and once you're out of the house, you should always stay out, never go back.

Below are some of the simple safety steps you should follow:

  • Don’t overload plug sockets - the high wattage for a tumble dryer means that it needs its own 13-amp socket. Keep an eye out for any scorching or burn marks, including checking any visible electrical wires. 

  • Don't leave appliances unattended – don't turn the tumble dryer on before you leave the house or go to bed. Tumble dryers contain powerful motors with fast moving parts that can get very hot. 

  • Keep your dryer well ventilated, make sure the vent pipe is kink free and not blocked or crushed in any way.

  • Always clean out the filter after using your tumble dryer. 

  • Always allow each drying programme, including the 'cool down cycle', to complete fully before emptying the machine. If you stop the machine mid cycle, the clothing will still be hot. 

  • Don’t ignore the warning signs – if you can smell burning or clothes feel hotter at the end of the cycle, stop using your appliance and have it checked out by a professional.  

Last updated: Thursday, 18 April 2024