Clothes Dryer Safety

Doing laundry is most likely a part of your families every day routine. But did you know how important taking care of your clothes dryer is to the safety of your home? With a few simple safety tips you can help prevent a clothes dryer fire.

One of the most common causes of dryer fires is lack of maintenance. When lint traps
aren’t cleaned as often as they should be, the resulting build-up in the screen or other areas can cause the dryer to perform poorly, operate at elevated temperatures
and possibly overheat –with dangerous consequences.
Vent systems must also be checked and cleaned to maintain proper air flow for the same
reasons. An important safeguard your family can take is to ensure that your dryer
has rigid or flexible metal venting and ducting materials to help sustain airflow. This will also reduce operating costs and extend the life of the dryer and clothing due to lower
drying temperatures.

Additionally:
• Clean the lint trap before and after drying each load of clothes.
• Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can be trapped.
• The interior of the dryer and venting system should be cleaned periodically by qualified service personnel. If you notice the drying time is longer, clean the vent system thoroughly
to ensure proper airflow.
• Replace plastic or vinyl exhaust hoses with rigid or flexible metal venting.
• Do not dry clothing/fabric on which there is anything flammable
(alcohol, cooking oils, gasoline, spot removers, dry-cleaning solvents,
etc.). Flammable substances give off vapors that could ignite or explode.
• Don’t forget to read manufacturers’ warnings in use and care manuals
that accompany new dryers. Also, warning markings can usually
be found on the inside of the dryer’s lid and take only minutes to read.

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