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Fire risk from tumble dryer?

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I rent a property to a tenant who has started to use a tumble dryer appliance in an upstairs room which was originally inteneded for use as a bedroon/living room. The room has wooden floors and the tenant is using it a s utility room to operate the tumble dryer and dry laundry. The dryer has a flexible plastic vent and is hung out of a velux window when in use, power sockets are mounted at floor level and the smoke detector for the house is mounted downstairs form this room. Can you give me some advice on how to help the tenant to make this sisutation safe if it is indeed unafe.

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The main risk is the electrical risk. Please ensure that the power socket used for the dryer are connected to the correct circuit and is properly fused. The 'fluffy stuff' from the dryer is highly flammable. Just remind him/her to dispose of the matter regularly. The landing should have smoke alarms anyway; if you want to play a little safer you can also have an (interlinked) smoke alarm in the bedroom.


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