The most common cause of dryer fires is failure to do a thorough cleaning. Because a lint trap is not a foolproof method for catching all the fuzzy stuff from clothes, lint can gradually build up and catch fire in the heating element or exhaust duct.
Further compounding the problem is the fact that many people now install dryers outside of their basements. This typically results in dryer vent pipes being much longer. Those longer vent pipes have a greater likelihood of being twisted and turned to accommodate the structure of the home—and that creates spaces for lint to collect.
Tips to prevent Dryer Fires
- Clean out the lint every time you use the dryer. Also clean out the vent pipe to reduce the chance of fire and to maintain the efficiency of the dryer.
- Give the outdoor vent a peek. Make sure that the outdoor vent flap isn’t covered by snow or debris.
- Install with care. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing the vent pipe.
- Use solid metal dryer duct. Research shows that flexible foil or plastic ducts can sag and lead to lint buildup at low points. Metal ducts of any variety don’t sag.
- Read tags. If the care label reads tumble dry low, don’t turn the dryer up to high. Also use caution with certain items that may contain rubber that shouldn’t be exposed to hot temperatures.
- Your clothes can help diagnose a problem. Clothes that no longer feel dry or that are extra hot to the touch after a normal dry cycle are a telltale sign that something’s wrong.
- Don’t dry and dash. Turn off your dryer if you need to step out during the laundry cycle.
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