How to Prevent a Clothes Dryer Fire

Your clothes dryer is probably one of the appliances in your home that you would least expect to cause a house fire.

A clothes dryer fire can happen and occurs more often than you think.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, “2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.”

Also, failure to clean the dryer is the primary cause of dryer-related home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Before you dry your next load of clothes, here is a list of things you can do to help prevent a clothes dryer fire:

  • Keep items such as boxes and clothing away from the dryer while it’s in use to prevent them from burning and causing a fire.
  • Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry.
  • Check the air exhaust vent pipe and make sure it’s not blocked and that air flow is not restricted.
  • Turn off the dryer while you’re sleep and when you’re away from home.
  • Let a professional service and install it for you.
  • Avoid overloading the dryer. Overloading the dryer can cause the dryer to work harder, which may lead to a fire.
  • Make sure the dryer is connected properly.

We don’t want you to ever experience a home fire, especially one that could have been prevented.

Taking a few minutes to inspect your clothes dryer could save your home and prevent unnecessary injuries and loss.

 

 

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