How To Prevent Dryer Fires
According to the National Fire Protection Association, every year firefighters across the country respond to around 14,630 home fires caused by clothes dryers. One-third of these fires is caused by an accumulation of lint, which means that not cleaning out your dryer vent can set you up for a dangerous situation.
Tips to Minimize Clothes Dryer Risks
To protect your family and pets, follow these easy guidelines:
- Always clean lint filters with every dryer load.
- Don’t leave your dryer running when you aren’t home.
- Do not attempt to force your dryer into a small space where the dryer duct and air flow are restricted.
- Do not place your dryer against the back wall — This may collapse the vent tube, and prevents proper airflow.
- If clothes are still wet after the dryer cycle is complete, consult a technician immediately.
- If your dryer is making unusual noises, consult a technician immediately.
- Clothing that has been covered in cleaning fluids, gasoline or cooking oil should not be placed in your dryer.
- Inspect all outside vents at least twice per year, and remove built-up lint and dirt.
- Use proper ducting material.
Dryer Installation and Repair
Safely installing a clothes dryer can be a challenge for the typical homeowner. We recommend that you leave the installation, maintenance and repairs to a licensed and insured electrical contractor or appliance repairman. Egan Electric can help you choose a safe location to install your new clothes dryer.