A Quick Reminder of Ways You Can Prevent a Fire in Your Home
In the United States, firefighters respond to an estimated average of 15,970 home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year. This is according to the National Fire Protection Association. Most of the dryer fires are caused by dust, fiber or lint. The fires caused washing machines was problems with wire and insulation.
These fires can be avoided with regular maintenance. One-third of all reported dryer fires were caused by a failure to clean.
Here are a few other tips to avoid dryer fires:
Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
Clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry.
The air exhaust vent pipe should not be restricted, and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating.
Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional.
Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
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