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Tips for Dryer Safety

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

There are 2,900 dryer fires reported each year according to the U.S Fire Administration. These fires cause an average of $35 million every year. As leaders in the home restoration industry, we’re no stranger to the devastation that these fires can cause and would like to share some tips to help prevent more dryer fires from occurring.

  • Don’t use dryer without the lint filter in place. This filter prevents the mechanics of the dryer from accumulating lint.
  • Additionally, make sure that you clean your lint trap after every use of your dryer. Lint is the number one cause of dryer fires. Clean lint traps also help your dryer be more efficient.
  • Your dryer ducts should be inspected and cleaned regularly to prevent buildups and blockages but there are also some other signs that you can look out for that mean your dryer ducts may need to be serviced:
    • Air is barely coming out of the vent or not at all
    • Clothes are getting too hot in the dryer
    • Laundry is taking longer than it usually does to dry
  • Never leave the dryer unattended. The nature of dryer fires makes them start and grow quickly due to how flammable clothing, and especially lint is. You shouldn’t leave your house or go to bed with the dryer running as you won’t be able to respond to a potential fire in a quickly.

With proper maintenance you can greatly reduce the risk of experiencing a dryer fire in your home and have the added bonus of helping your dryer to be more efficient.

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