Did you know that the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them? According the to the US Fire Administration, dryer vent fires cost more than $88 million, cause more than 400 injuries, and result in an average of 15 deaths annually. Also, dryer fires cause an average of 33 injuries and 1.2 deaths per 1000 residential fires.
“Many of us do not think about a fire starting in our clothes dryer,” states Fire Chief Mario Molina, “but it is very important to keep it clean and free of lint buildup to prevent this from happening.”
The Irving Fire Department wants everyone to KEEP YOUR CLOTHING DRYER CLEAN AND FREE OF LINT BUILDUP. Please keep these safety tips in mind the next time you’re drying your clothes:
· Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn.
· Do not use the dryer without a lint filter and make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry.
· Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
· Dryers should be properly grounded.
· During the winter months, check the outdoor vent flap to make sure it is not covered by snow.
· Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
· Do not overload your dryer.
· Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.
· Keep dryers in good working order.
· Clothes that have come in contact with flammable substances should be laid outside to dry, then can be washed and dried as usual.
Remember to always call 9-1-1 even if the fire is a small fire.
To view this or previous IFD Safety Topics go to: www.cityofirving.org/fire/fire-safety.asp