Preventing Clothes Dryer Fires

14. May, 2016

One of the number one causes of house fires is caused by clothes dryer fires. Overtime your dryer vent fills with lint that passes by the dryer’s filter. Fires can occur when the lint fills up in the exhaust duct and catches on fire. There are over 15,000 dryer related fires per year which cause about 100 million dollars in losses.

Here are some tips to prevent dryer fires:

  • Clean out the lint screen/filter every time you use the dryer to prevent build up before or after every time you put a new load in the dryer.
  • Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct periodically. Make sure the air exhaust pipe is not restricted and the outdoor flap will open when the dryer is operating. If either is not functioning properly the vent or the exhaust duct may be blocked. , clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  • Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  • Move any flammable products such as cleaning supplies far away from your dryer.
  • You should sweep away dust from the area around and underneath your dryer.
  • Keep the area on top and around dryer free of clutter.
  • Make sure your dryer is installed properly. It is best to use a short, straight pipe that is an adequate distance from the wall and avoid bends in the vent pipe.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  • Gas-powered dryers should be inspected by a professional occasionally to ensure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed

By following these steps you can reduce the chances of a dryer fire in your home. Our team at THD cares about you and your families’ safety.

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