2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Failure to clean the dryer is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires with most dryer fires occurring in the fall and winter months.
Safety tips for Clothes Dryers:
•Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional,
•Do not use the dryer without a lint filter,
•Clean out the dryer’s lint filter before each use of the dryer,
•Remove the lint that has collected around the drum,
•Clean lint out of the vent pipe quarterly or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than usual for your clothes to dry,
•Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow,
•Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating,
•Keep dryers in good working order,
•Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions,
•Do not overload the dryer, and
•Turn off the dryer when you leave home or go to bed.
Johnny Bellows, Fire Chief