How can I use my washing machine safely?

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When purchasing a washing machine, think about how much it will be used

Answered by Sarah, Electrical Safety Expert

When purchasing a washing machine, think about how much it will be used. A large capacity washer should be considered for frequent bigger loads.

Try to avoid leaving a washing machine running during the night or when you are out, and as you can’t supervise it throughout the cycle, make sure you have a working smoke detector.

Never overload – take large or bulky items such as duvets to the dry-cleaners. Make sure to clean the filter regularly. Empty pockets before washing items and keep machine and door seal clear of items such as coins or buckles, which can weaken door glass, leading to them potentially shattering under constant heating up and cooling down.

Washing machines should be turned off when not in use. If your washing machine begins making a strange noise, don't ignore it. If you think there might be a problem, always unplug it and contact the manufacturer or a qualified repair technician. Visit White Good Safety for more details.

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