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Is Your Dishwasher Smoking?

Date : 26 April 2019


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Watch out for any telltale signs that your dishwasher, or any other white goods at home, could be malfunctioning and get them checked immediately.

Speedy action could avoid a fire within the home, or at your business premises.

Last night, we were called to a property in Nevill Road, Lewes, following reports of a faulty dishwasher, which was emitting smoke.

At 18.22 yesterday (25 April) three appliances were mobilised and action was taken to remove the dishwasher from the premises.

There are a number of ways that fires can start within a dishwasher, including a knife falling from the dishwasher’s cutlery basket, becoming jammed between the water spray motor and heating element.  Have a look at our Black Museum page to find our more about what happened.

It’s important to stay safe within your home and electrical safety checks are just one way of doing this.

Find out more by visiting our Safer Homes pages:

Keep electrical items in good working order

  • Electrical appliances, especially ones that run at high speeds and contain motors, like washing machines, should be serviced once a year by a qualified electrician.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions

Regularly run these checks over your equipment

Plugs and sockets

Keep an eye out for the following:

  • Hot plugs or sockets, scorch marks, fuses that often blow, or flickering lights - they are all are signs of loose wiring or other electrical problems
  • Badly wired plugs - any coloured wires sticking out could come loose and debris could also get into the plug
  • Are the wires are held firmly in place inside the plug
  • Overloaded sockets - plugging too many electrical appliances into one socket can lead to overheating
  • Use sockets safely - it's better to use a bar adapter (multi-board) on a lead than a block adaptor
  • Only use one adaptor per socket - don't plug one adaptor into another and try to keep to one plug per socket

Cables and leads

Are they:

  • Getting frayed and damaged - make sure the outer covering of all power leads is in good condition and replace if necessary?
  • Badly positioned - they shouldn't be anywhere that they could be tripped over, or near water, cookers or other sources of heat?
  • Running them under rugs or carpets where they can wear through without anyone noticing - position them elsewhere?
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