Marlow dishwasher fire prompts firefighter warning

Bucks Free Press: Dishwasher fire prompts firefighter warning Dishwasher fire prompts firefighter warning

FIREFIGHTERS are urging people to use dishwashers during waking hours while they are in the house, after one caught fire in Marlow.

Crews from Marlow and High Wycombe were called to Barnhill Gardens in Marlow yesterday at 8.15am.

Crew manager Bill Lambrich, from High Wycombe Fire Station, said: "The occupier was about to leave the house while her dishwasher was on, but noticed a smell and went back to find that it had just started to catch fire.

"If it had happened a few moments later, after she had left the house, it could have developed into a much more serious fire."

Firefighters disconnected the dishwasher and took it outside, and carried out a safety check in her home.

Residents are also encouraged not to leave washing machines and tumble dryers on when they leave the house or during the night.

Bill added: "We also recommend that people complete a night-time routine, turning off any electrical appliances that don’t need to be left on, closing doors and keeping escape routes clear."

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service will carry out a free safety check in your home, fitting free smoke alarms where they are needed. To book one, ring 01296 744477 or send an email to cs@bucksfire.gov.uk.

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12:33pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Little Miss says...

Unfortunately we aren't all blessed with having a person able to stay at home most of the time, so for the majority of us working people, we can't be there to babysit our electrical appliances all of the time. Unlike in office environments, electrical items don't have to undergo PAT testing regularly. Perhaps they should?
Unfortunately we aren't all blessed with having a person able to stay at home most of the time, so for the majority of us working people, we can't be there to babysit our electrical appliances all of the time. Unlike in office environments, electrical items don't have to undergo PAT testing regularly. Perhaps they should? Little Miss
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12:56pm Thu 17 Apr 14

JRCash says...

Surely it's common sense not to leave them on when not at home...but I suppose if you have good house insurance then crack on!
Surely it's common sense not to leave them on when not at home...but I suppose if you have good house insurance then crack on! JRCash
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