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Tips for Preventing Dryer Fires

Posted on October 29th, 2015 by Jupiter Tequesta

Every year, nearly 3,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported. Did you know that the leading cause is failure to clean? House fires due to home clothes dryers are preventable — as long as you properly use and care for your equipment.

Clothes Dryer Lint Trap

Follow these tips:

  • Have your clothes dryer installed, inspected and serviced by a professional
  • Never use your dryer without a lint filter
  • Always clean the lint filter before and after using your dryer
  • Don’t leave the dryer running if you’re going out or heading to bed
  • Clean behind your dryer, where lint tends to build up unnoticed
  • Inspect the clothes dryer’s exhaust vent for damage and clogs
  • Check the outdoor vent to ensure its covering opens when dryer is in-use
  • Avoid overloading your dryer
  • Don’t cover the wall damper with a cloth or wire screen, both of which tend to collect lint
  • Never dry clothes or products containing foam, rubber or plastic
  • Do not use your dryer for items that may have come into contact with flammable materials like alcohol or gasoline
  • Replace old-fashioned dryer vents (coiled-wire or plastic) with a rigid metal duct
  • If you own a gas-powered clothes dryer, have it inspected annually for leaks
  • Clear the space around your dryer
  • Unplug or disconnect the clothes dryer before leaving for vacation

Allow our expert electricians to ensure your clothes dryer is safe for operation. Give Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric a call today:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
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