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Doing laundry is most likely part of your 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.
Dryers should be properly grounded.
Check the outdoor vent flap to make sure it is not covered by snow.
Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn, like boxes,
cleaning supplies and clothing, etc.
Clothes that have come in contact with flammable substances, like gasoline,
paint thinner, or similar solvents should be laid outside to dry, then can be
washed and dried as usual.
FACT • The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them!
>>>Have your dryer installed and serviced by a
>>> Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
>>> Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after
each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected
around the drum.
>>> Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be
used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
>>> Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted
and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer
is operating. Once a year, or more often if you
notice that it is taking longer than normal for your
clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or
have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
>>> Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers
should be inspected by a professional to make sure
that the gas line and connection are intact and free
>>> Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and
that the machine is connected properly.
>>> Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions
and don’t overload your dryer.
>>> Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you
go to bed.