Dryer fires are more prevalent than you may think. Fortunately, there are simple tips you can complete to prevent dryer fires and keep your home safe.
Maintain Your Dryer’s Ventilation System Clean
Over time, flammable lint can collect inside your dryer’s ventilation duct (the tube that goes from your dryer to the exterior dryer vent) and the vent itself. So, it’s crucial to clean the lint out regularly to prevent dryer fires. You can typically disconnect the duct yourself and vacuum it out. However, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for disconnecting and cleaning the vent and duct.
Avoid Using the Dryer When There’s No Lint Screen
The lint screen is a filter to prevent lint from entering your dryer’s ventilation system. Not only is a clogged lint screen a fire hazard, but it can overwork your dryer and consume more energy. So, always double-check that it’s clean before you begin a new load. If you’re drying fresh towels or items made from wool, fleece, or other fuzzy materials, you might need to clean the lint screen partway through the drying cycle. After you clean it, put the lint screen partway back in immediately. If you lose it, purchase a new one before using your dryer again.
Watch Out for Clothes in Contact with Flammable Substances
Did you know that flammable substances can ignite inside your dryer? If you must machine-dry an item that’s been in contact with flammable substances, machine-wash it a couple of times (with soap) before throwing it in the dryer.
Also, the fuller your load of laundry, the longer it will take to dry. And the longer your load takes to dry, the hotter your dryer might get. Play it safe and divide a larger load into two smaller loads to prevent dryer fires.
Observe the Warning Signs
Your home can be at risk for a dryer fire if you experience these warning signs:
- You smell burning in your laundry room
- Your dryer’s exterior part becomes very hot
- The laundry room is more humid than usual
- Drying your clothes takes longer than normal (or they don’t dry thoroughly)
- Your outdoor dryer vent doesn’t open fully when your dryer is operating (this can indicate that the exhaust isn’t coming out quickly enough due to a clog)
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
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