DID YOU KNOW?Dryer Safety ? How to keep your dryer from catching fire

Clothes dryer fires are one of the most common causes of house fires. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that 15,000 clothes dryer fires occur annually. These fires account for an average of 10 deaths, 310 injuries, and more than $84.4 million in property damage.

Don?t let clothes dryers become fire starters. Follow these safety tips:

Clean out lint trap with every use, failure to clean out lint traps is the main cause of dryer fires, a blocked vent or exhaust pipe blocks hot air from release, turning the highly combustible lint into a fire hazard.

-In the winter, make sure that dryer vent flaps are not freezing shut or sticking

– Choose aluminium or steel ducts over vinyl hoses. Plastic ducts can also melt or collapse and fail to contain the fire within the unit

– Never put mops or rags that have been used with wax, flammable solvents or oils in the dryer, even if these objects have been cleaned they can still catch fire in the dryer

– Don?t leave your dryer running unattended because the shut-off switch can fail causing the dryer to run continually.

– Be sure to place a smoke detector in the vicinity of the dryer

– Keep the area around the dryer clear of flammable materials

Preventive maintenance is important. Proper care and use of your clothes dryer can prevent a fire in your home.