5 Ways to Avoid a Dryer Fire
Nearly every home today has a clothes dryer. If you have used a dryer, it is likely that you know the number one rule - clean the dryer lint out of the lint trap after every use! While that is a very important tip to stay safe from dryer fires, here are five more that might just save your dryer from a fire:
- Use a Professional to Install Your Dryer
After spending a large amount of money on a dryer, it may be tempting to try and DIY your dryer installation. However, this can be very dangerous. A certified electrician will know how to safely install the dryer according to the manufacturer’s requirements.
- Do Not Leave Your Dryer Running Unattended
Another common, but dangerous, practice is leaving your dryer running while you are not home or sleeping. Dryer fires can happen at any moment. If a fire does occur, it will be far less damaging if you catch it before it spreads throughout the house. Never leave a dryer running while you are away or sleeping.
- Do Not Overload Your Dryer
Not only does overloading your dryer slow down the dry time, but it can also limit the air circulation in the dryer and puts stress on the machine. When the dryer is working harder, there is more friction which can lead to a dryer fire.
- Keep Your Laundry Room Clean
Make sure that you are routinely cleaning your laundry area. Check behind the washer and dryer for any sock, clothes, lint, or dryer sheets. Allowing your laundry room to fill with clutter increases your chance for fire.
- Clean the Dryer Exhaust Vent and Hose
Routinely clean your dryer’s exhaust vent and hose. Lint can accumulate in these areas leading to blockage. Not only will cleaning these areas out increase the efficiency and life of your dryer, but it will greatly decrease your risk for dryer fire.