Dryer safety tips
February 25, 2022 at 9:31:00 PM PST February 25, 2022 at 9:31:00 PM PSTth, February 25, 2022 at 9:31:00 PM PST
There are over 15,000 home fires per year in the U.S. that are dryer related, a clear indication that dryer exhaust duct inspection, cleaning and maintenance cannot be ignored. Prevention is key and below are some tips to help keep your home safe.
Installing a Dryer?
It begins with proper installation. Some of the mistakes homeowners typically make can be avoided, such as a dangerous kink in the line during the dryer exhaust duct installation. Kinks and twists create pockets where lint builds up, and over time, restricts the airflow and creates the potential for a dryer fire.
BetterVenting has some tips to make installation of the dryer exhaust duct easier
Make Sure There’s a Lint Filter in Place
Operating the dryer with a missing lint filter is only allowing more lint to collect in the ducts, and faster, creating the perfect environment for a dryer fire.
Clean the Lint Filter
Believe it or not, this is something that is often overlooked. This simple step saves your dryer - it will last longer as it doesn’t work as hard. It saves you from having clogged ducts and saves on utility bills. Make it good common practice to clean the lint filter after each load.
Exterior Wall Vent
The exterior wall vent needs to perform its job of venting the dryer exhaust to the outside. It should not be clogged with lint that will only block the airflow.
A simple inspection and cleaning on a periodic basis will do the trick to keep everything operating as it should. Inspect the wall vent. If it is cracked, broken or simply does not open and close as it should from the force of the dryer’s exhaust, it is time to replace it.
Consider replacing it with the DryerWallVent. It complements your home’s exterior, maximizes the dryer’s performance and keeps the air flowing to reduce lint buildup. Learn more about the features and benefits of this product and its performance at https://dryerwallvent.com
Dryer Exhaust Duct
The exhaust duct connected to the back of the dryer that runs to the outside of your home should be cleaned once a year. Lint buildup is quite common, and if ignored, leads to a clogged duct.
Often, it is easier to replace the duct with a new one. BetterVenting has the product options to maximize airflow and reduce lint buildup, https://betterventing.com/flex-pipe-1
Most fires start in the dryer near the heating element. It’s a good idea to have the inside of the dryer cleaned annually by a professional. Electrical Dryers should be plugged into the proper electrical outlet using the three-prong electrical cord. Never bypass the ground wire or use extension cords as this creates a dangerous fire hazard.
Don’t Overload the Dryer
When you overload your clothes dryer, you cause that appliance to work harder than it should. One of the problems you create is there won’t be enough space within your dryer to circulate the air between the clothing to dry the items.
The other major problem is that it will cause your dryer heating element to stay on longer than it should, creating a potential fire hazard.
Do Laundry Only When Home
Since the dryer is one of the most dangerous appliances in your home, you should only run it when you are there and awake. If something happens, there is a good chance you can be there to prevent a problem.
Unclutter Around the Dryer
Do your best to keep a clean and organized laundry area, especially around your dryer. Do not store anything flammable like cleaning agents, chemicals, or oils near your dryer.
Be Careful What You Dry
Always read the care instructions on your clothes to ensure that the garment can be dried. Not only are the instructions there to protect the garment, but some items are more flammable than others. Always avoid drying items that have rubber or plastics.