How to prevent dryer fires

Jan 27, 2011

Believe it or not, dryer fires can happen if the proper safety measures aren't taken.

Families need to be aware that clothes dryers can be a leading cause of home fires. There are approximately 15,000 incidents every year, according to Underwriters Laboratories.

To help prevent a dryer fire, UL recommends people ensure their dryer has rigid or flexible metal venting and ducting materials to help sustain airflow and prevent a fiery scenario. Machine maintenance is vital in terms of keeping a possible disastrous situation at bay.

Furthermore, UL recommends people clean the lint trap before and after each load of laundry, be careful of flammable substances because they give off vapors that could ignite or explode, clean the back of the dryer where lint may be trapped and read the manufacturers’ warnings in the manuals that come with new dryers.

Problems may also occur if consumers place improper items in their dryers, such as foam backed rugs or athletic shoes. Remember, when in doubt, check the washing instructions on the tag of the clothing, which should help avoid danger.

A dryer fire can be very dangerous for the residence and the people inside, which is a good reason for individuals to acquire life insurance so they are financially protected.

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