How can I use my tumble dryer safely?

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Never overload – take large or bulky items such as duvets to the dry-cleaners

Answered by Dave, Electrical Safety Expert

Never overload – take large or bulky items such as duvets to the dry-cleaners.

Always allow each drying programme, including the "cool down cycle", to complete fully.

Don't stop the dryer before the end of the cycle unless all items are quickly removed and the door is left open to dissipate heat.

Don't leave clothes contaminated with combustible substances such as solvents, grease, oils or fats out of tumble dryers.

Don't leave dryers, dishwashers and washing machines on overnight. If possible, unplug or switch off appliances at the socket overnight and when going out to avoid the risk of an electrical fault causing a fire. Visit http://www.whitegoodsafety.com/ for more details.

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