DRYERS and the danger they pose!
According to FEMA, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and
cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
There are some do's and don'ts when it comes to dryer safety! Let's take a look at some.
What you should DO:
- Have your dryer installed by a professional. This may seem unnecessary to some, but
incorrect installation can put you and your family at risk.
- Making sure that the dryer is plugged into the correct plug with the correct
voltage, A standard electric dryer generally draw about 30 amps at a voltage
of 220 volts.
- Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry. Don’t forget to
clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up. In addition, clean the
lint filter with a nylon brush at least every six months or more often if it
- Make sure to clean the lint vent pipe out every three months.
- If you notice that your dryer is taking longer than usual to dry your clothes,
a professional cleaning may be in order.
What you DON'T want to do:
- Don't overload your dryer..You must allow for enough air exchange
- Never use a dryer without a lint filter
- Do not use cloth or wire screen to cover the outer vent (wall damper). They
will collect lint and dirt and potentially clog the vent.
- Don't dry anything containing foam, rubber or plastic
- Never dry anything that has come into contact with cooking oil, gasoline or
alcohol. All are flammable. Dry them outside or in a very well ventilated
- Never leave your dryer running while you are out of the home.
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