Dryer Fire Prevention
Dryer lint is highly flammable and causes over 15,000 fires in Canada & the US every year.
Make sure to clean your lint filter after every use. Lint, which is made up of small fibers from clothing that come off during the drying process. They can become trapped in the filter and restrict airflow.
This buildup increases the risk of a dryer fire because it takes much longer for clothes to dry when airflow is blocked. And the lint is highly combustible. To help prevent fires, empty the lint filter each time you finish drying a load of laundry. Additionally, make sure to schedule regular maintenance with a certified technician. To inspect your dryer’s components for signs of wear and tear or clogged vents. With these Dryer Fire Prevention Tips, you can help keep yourself and your family safe from harm.
If you’re looking for additional Dryer Fire Prevention Tips, consider the following:
- Make sure your dryer is properly ventilated and that all vents are unobstructed. Dryers need sufficient ventilation to ensure proper airflow for efficient drying and to reduce the risk of a fire occurring.
- Check any flex lines used to connect the dryer to a wall outlet or exhaust hood periodically for tears or gaps as this can cause fires due to improper air flow.
- Regularly inspect behind your dryer in case there is lint build up on the backside of the appliance near where it connects to the wall or floor. This can be cleaned out with a vacuum cleaner or other appropriate tool.
- Avoid overloading your dryer with too many clothes as this can cause the appliance to overheat and increase the risk for a fire.
By following these Dryer Fire Prevention Tips, you can help keep yourself, your family, and your home safe from the dangers of dryer fires.
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