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SafetyTIPS: Preventing Clothes Dryer Fires

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Washing and drying laundry may very likely be a part of your everyday routine. A familiar fixture in the laundry room could be a real fire hazard, even if you’re using it properly.  Clothes dryer fires are one of the most common causes of house fires. According to Consumer Reports, each year over 15,000 fires start in the laundry room when lint from clothes dryers build up and catch fire.

A few simple safety tips you can help prevent a clothes dryer fire:

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn, like boxes, cleaning supplies and clothing, etc.
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Do not restrict the air exhaust vent pipe and make sure that the outdoor vent flap is opening 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.

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August 8, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Thank you for the helpful safety tips. We referenced them in our latest blog article to help our customers learn how to prevent dryer fires. It's amazing how many dryer fires occur each year. Thanks for the safety information and for helping to spread the word.


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