How To Prevent Dryer Fires
- Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions on installation. Make sure to use the proper plug and outlet. Dryers should be properly grounded.
- Make sure the items you place in the dryer is approved and safe to put in the dryer, Never place fabric which anything flammable has been spilled such as alcohol, cooking oil, gas, or dry cleaning fluid. Heat can cause such substances to ignite.
- Use a rigid or flexible metal venting and ducting material to help sustain air flow. The outdoor vent flap should be open when the dryer is operating and must be unobstructed from objects such as lint, bushes, snow, and bird nests.
- Clean the lint trap before and after each load of clothes. If you notice your clothes are taking longer to dry than normal, this is an indication that you have lint build up. Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer occasionally where lint can get trapped.
- Turn the dryer off when you leave the house or when you go to bed.
- Do not overload your dryer
- Gas dryers should be inspected periodically by a professional to make sure the connections are free of leaks or clogs. If clogged, gas dryer can pump hazardous carbon monoxide into your home.
- Keep the area around your dryer clean of things that can burn like boxes, cleaning fluid, and clothing.
Clothes dryers are found in 80% of homes throughout the US or 81.5 million homes. Maintaining your dryer properly saves money since it is the most expensive appliance in your home to operate. A well maintained dryer operates more efficiently in less time. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates over 15,000 fires are associated with clothes dryers annually. These fires account for 10 deaths, 310 injuries, and $84.4 million in property damage. There are no known statistics regarding the family pet. Prevent your family becoming included in these statistics.