Dryer fires account for over $100 million in losses each year, according to the United States Fire Administration. The main cause for dryer fires is the ignition of lint during the dryer cycle. A clothes dryer that is not properly cleaned will increase your chances of a fire starting in your home.
Tips to Prevent a Dryer Fire
- Do not place clothing that has been soiled with hazardous chemicals into the dryer. Just because you washed a shirt that had a splash of gasoline on it doesn’t mean it still won’t ignite once it reaches the dryer.
- After each load of laundry, clear out the lint filter. Also, check to make sure that there are no tears or holes in the filter. If there are then you should replace it immediately.
- Clean out the lint trap at least once per month. Use a long bristled brush to dislodge the lint, and a vacuum to suck it all up.
- Do not turn the dryer on and leave the house. Always stay home while a dryer is in operation so you can extinguish the fire if one occurs.
- Look at your dryer exhaust pipe and make sure that there is no extra slack. If there are extra bends and turns in the pipe it will allow lint to build up easily.
- Have your dryer inspected and cleaned at least once per year.
- If your clothing is still damp after a drying cycle then your dryer may be backed up with lint. Call a professional to service the appliance for you.
The steps to prevent a dryer fire are fairly simple, but are often overlooked. By following these tips you will be able to avoid a house fire while also having a wonderfully efficient clothes dryer! Contact the pros at Tri-City Appliance, Heating & Cooling at (203) 303-5700 to schedule an appointment today.