Treat your dryer well to avoid house fires.

Take Precautions To Avoid Dryer Fires

January 19th, 2017 by

Treat your dryer well to avoid house fires.

Don't underestimate your clothes dryer. You probably use it almost every day – especially during the winter, when there is no other option for drying. But this doesn't mean that it poses no risk to your home. 

While there are no statistics on the number of clothes dryer fires that occur annually in Canada, data from the U.S. shows that it can be a serious problem. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there were about 16,800 home structure fires involving washing machines and dryers in 2010 – leading to 51 deaths and 380 injuries. To prevent this from happening in your home, it's important to be aware of the risks and exercise caution.

Here are some tips for preventing dryer fires:

  • Seek out professional installation. The first step to having a safe dryer is making sure it is installed properly. Too many bends in the exhaust pipes can facilitate lint buildup. A professional will be able to minimize the number of hazards your appliance creates. 
  • Clean lint after every load. Don't ignore your lint filter! Lint and dust tends to collect near the dryer's heating element, which is hot enough to start fires. Clean the filter after every load to avoid buildup.
  • Do not overload dryers. Think you can fit just a few more garments into this load? Think again. Putting too much weight inside a dryer forces components to work harder and creates more friction, which can, in turn, increase the chance of a fire. 

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