Recently, I have noticed a few TV Commercials from different national insurance companies using the subject of dryer fires to get their message across. The commercials were actually quite humorous. It is always cool to see a guy using a flame thrower to ignite a massive ball of lint. The whole thing got me thinking about the topic. Since dryer fires are a significant source of property damage to a person's home, I thought I would bring it to my clients' attention and share a few suggestions to help you better protect your home.
Improper ventilation and poor maintenance are the most frequent causes of dryer fires. To lower the risk of a fire I would suggest following these simple steps:
- Turn the dryer off when leaving the house or going to bed.
- Use the lint filter and clean it after every use.
- Make sure to not let any lint collect or build up on or around the dryer or other nearby appliances, such as the washer or even a water heater.
- Do not dry clothing that contains organic materials or flammable residue.
- Vent the dryer exhaust directly outdoors, not into an attic or crawl space. Use metal ducts rather than plastic. The problem with plastic ducts is that plastic can collapse, trap lint build up and act as a combustible itself.
- Periodically, have your dryer cleaned and do maintenance, including removing lint from around the heating elements and ducts and replacing worn parts and electrical connections.
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