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Dryer fire in Mentone

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25 May 2017
Firefighters have brought a Mentone unit fire under control in just 13 minutes this morning.

Crews from MFB and CFA arrived within minutes at the Albenca Street address after a distressed caller reported the incident via Triple Zero (000).

Firefighters donned Breathing Apparatus and mounted an internal attack on the fire.

Luckily, two occupants had been able to safely evacuate prior to the arrival of fireys.

At this early stage, it appears that the fire may have been sparked by a clothes dryer.


Tips for using electrical appliances safely:

- Ensure monitors, laptops, televisions and other equipment have good air flow around them and are not in confined spaces or covered.

- Turn off all electrical appliances at the power point when not in use.

- Never leave electrical appliances unattended when charging.

- Only use certified electrical trade people to repair damaged/faulty electrical appliances, wiring or equipment.

- Avoid using double adaptors.

- Use power boards according to manufacturer’s instructions, never overload or piggyback and check regularly for damage.

- Ensure appliances are regularly serviced and dryers are regularly cleaned of lint.

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