26 September 2023

Fire Service warms up after cold snap

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Hot on the heels of the extreme cold earlier last month, South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) has called for householders to be vigilant when using clothes dryers to reduce the chance of starting a fire.

Community Engagement Officer for MFS, Ryan Baohm said it only took a few quick actions to greatly reduce the chances of a house catching on fire.

“It’s important to remember to let the dryer complete its cool down cycle and remove dried clothing before turning it off, as fires have started with clothing being bunched up while still hot inside the dryer,” Mr Baohm said.

“The MFS strongly recommends cleaning the lint filter before every use and if using anti-static sheets, scrub the filter every month using warm soapy water and rinse thoroughly to remove the waxy build up,” he said.

“These quick steps can help avoid a fire tragedy.

“On average, 64 people a year lose their life in preventable house fires across Australia.”

Mr Baohm said the MFS recommended the following safety tips: Never leave the clothes dryer running while no-one is at home; follow the manufacturer’s instructions and ensure the lint filter is cleaned before every load; and never turn the dryer off before the cool down period is over.

He said MFS also advised never to use the dryer for drying clothes or rags that had been used to absorb flammable liquids or oils; ensure there is adequate room for ventilation around the dryer; and any repairs of a clothes dryer must be carried out by a qualified tradesperson in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

MFS’s two-page home fire safety fact sheet on Self Heating and Spontaneous Combustion can be accessed at this PS News link.

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