Public Service Announcement: Dryer Fires
updated: May 07, 2014, 11:50 AM
Source: Santa Barbara County Fire Department
- How to Prevent Dryer Fires -
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. May 7, 2014 - It is common for a clothes dryer to build up lint inside and eventually
catch fire. Most of the time the lint burns itself out inside the machine leaving a burning smell and damage
to the appliance. There are times however, when the flames spread, destroying a family's home,
belongings, and sometimes life! Here are several important steps you can take to keep this from happening
Clean your lint screen. Always clean your lint screen for every load! Even if there is just a small amount of
lint on the screen, clean it anyway.
Check your vent hose. Make sure your vent hose is in good shape. Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic
venting with rigid, non-ribbed metal duct.
Clean your vent line regularly. It's very important that the vent line (from the wall behind the dryer to the
outside flap) is not restricted or clogged up with lint.
Keep the area around the dryer clean. In the event that your dryer does have a lint fire, don't give it more
fuel to destroy your home. Make sure there are no articles of clothing, boxes, cleaning supplies, or
anything else behind, on top or around the dryer.
Clean the lint out of the inside of the dryer regularly. Your dryer needs to be opened up and vacuumed out
periodically. Most dryers today are not easily accessible for the homeowner. Unless you know how to take
your dryer apart and put it back together, you'll need a technician to do this.
Make sure your gas line is in good shape. If you have a gas dryer you should check your gas line. If it looks
old or questionable, you should replace it. Make sure the line is not kinked.
By keeping your dryer clean, not only will you significantly reduce the fire hazard, you will also save money
as your dryer will run more efficiently and last longer.
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