Roughly 3,000 clothes dryer fires are reported every year – causing an estimated five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. The following are some do’s and don’ts for preventing home dryer fires.

Do…

  • Have a professional install your clothes dryer.
  • Clean the lint filter before and after every load of laundry.
  • Remember to clean the back of the dryer, where lint can build up.
  • Clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months.
  • Have a professional regularly inspect your dryer, especially if the machine is taking longer than usual to dry clothes.
  • Have gas-powered dryers inspected every year by a professional to ensure the gas line and connection are together and free of leaks.
  • Make sure the proper electrical plug and outlet are used and that the dryer is connected correctly.
  • Keep the area around the dryer free of flammable items.
  • Unplug or disconnect the dryer if you plan on being away from home for an extended period of time.

Don’t…

  • Use a clothes dryer that doesn't have a lint filter, or with a lint filter that is loose, damaged, or clogged.
  • Overload the dryer.
  • Dry any material containing foam, rubber, or plastic, such as a rug with a rubber back.
  • Dry items that have come into contact with a flammable liquid, such as alcohol, cooking oils, or gasoline.
  • Run the dryer when you are asleep or if you leave your home.

 

-Family Safety & Health

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