Fire Services Warning over Tumble Dryer Fires

Figures recently released by the Local Government Authority, which represents 48 fire and rescue authorities in England and Wales, show that there were over 2,000 tumble dryer-related fires between 2012 and 2014, resulting in the deaths of two people.

These shocking statistics highlight the fact that it is vitally important the correct commercial equipment is used, particularly in environments with vulnerable or elderly residents such as special schools or nursing homes. 

Domestic dryers are simply not designed for use in commercial environments. Manufactured to process an average of around 250 loads each year, their commercial counterparts are expected to double this workload and are far more robust in their construction. The additional stress placed on domestic machines in commercial environments can result in more faults, increasing the risk of a fire hazard.

To help combat this risk, JLA’s commercial SMART Dry range features cutting-edge technology in the form of the unique SAFE (Sensor Activated Fire Extinguishing) system. As well as reducing drying times by up to 18% and energy costs by up to 30%, the fire extinguishing intelligence in SMART Dry machines literally makes them more SAFE than any other range on the market.

Constantly monitoring the dryers drum to give you non-stop protection against the outbreak of fire, the SAFE system features two SMART sensors which are capable of detecting any significant change in temperature. In the event of a fire, a sophisticated water vapour mechanism soaks the laundry to extinguish flames in seconds. No flooding ever takes place, and there is no risk of injury or damage to staff or property, and no need for emergency evacuation procedures.

Contact a member of our laundry team today to find out more about the SMART Dry range and how JLA’s dryers can help you save time and money, and eliminate the risk of dryer fires.