BEWARE: The Fire Hazards of Appliances

by / Tuesday, 28 July 2015 / Published in Fire Safety

Common appliances found in households and even offices are often major contributors to fires. Sometimes this can be through a fault in the appliance and other times can be due to some simple maintenance missed that could have prevented this.

Whatever the reason, having the right fire safety equipment installed and appropriate training from London Fire and Safe are vitally important to the safety of all who reside and visit the building. Here is some brief information on common appliances, as well as how they can start fires.

Clothes dryers

When combustible materials come into contact with the element of a clothes dryer they can ignite. Lint filters need to be cleaned regularly so that lint does not build up and reach the element.

Air conditioners

If air conditioners are operating constantly in dusty surroundings fire can start. Capacitors can be covered in the dust and cause faults or the plastic covering of these can disintegrate and cause a fault. Regular cleaning and also services of air conditioners is recommended.


Heaters are a major cause of house fires. This is because they require large currents to run. Elements that become loose and in contact with any plastic material on the heater, for example, can cause a fire.

Radiant heaters can cause fires if they are knocked over and come into contact with floor coverings or if a combustible material such as clothing or floor mats are too close to the heater.


Many people don’t realise that dishwashers can cause a fire. This happens when the conductors come into contact with moisture. Plastic plates, cups or tea towels placed in dishwashers by accident can cause fires as these could come into contact with the element during drying.

Computer monitors and televisions

Faults in transformers and issues with soldering have seen many recalls on televisions and computer monitors over the years. Faulty manufacturing and use over time are the main causes of fires; however, televisions can also catch fire due to electrical faults.

General safety advice

When it comes to electrical items all care must be taken. Always ensure that legs of furniture are not placed on electrical cords, including extension leads, and that no moisture comes into contact with cords or electrical items.

There are many more appliances that pose fire hazards and where possible always check that there is enough ventilation; turn off at power points where possible.

For the best advice on fire safety and the ultimate fire safety products, contact London Fire and Safe today.