Prevent Clothes Dryer Fires This Winter

Approximately 2,900 dryer fires are reported annually in the United States. These fires can cause serious injuries and fatalities as well as property loss.

The most common cause of dryer fires at 34% is failure to clean the dryer. These fires are more common in the fall and winter months. In this article, we’ll explain how to prevent home dryer fires.

Dryer Safety Tips

Ensure that your dryer is connected properly with the correct electrical plug and outlet. Read the instructions and warnings for care and use of your dryer and be sure to keep your appliance well-maintained.

Check the dryer’s venting to make sure it’s not damaged or restricted. A covering on outside wall dampers can keep rain, dirt, and snow from accumulating. Check the outside vent regularly to make sure it’s clear. Don’t keep items that can burn near the dryer.

Regular Maintenance is Key

Clear the dryer’s lint filter each time you do a load of laundry. You’ll also want to regularly clean the back of the dryer, where lint can also build up. Clean lint out of the dryer’s vent pipe quarterly and clean or have your dryer duct cleaned annually.

If a dryer fire does start in your home, do not open the dryer door. Keep the door closed to limit oxygen supply, get out of the building, and call the fire department.

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