Dryer Lint is a Fire Hazard.

Dryer lint is a flammable material. If allowed to build up, it is a fire hazard that can cause property damage, injuries, and fatalities.

Here are some steps you can take to help reduce lint fires:

      • Check and clean the lint screen before and after every use. Why before? Someone else might not have cleaned it after drying a load of articles.

      • Clean the entire dryer and vent at least once a year.

      • Clean the entire dryer and vent more often if your household does a lot of laundry or takes longer to dry.

    Don’t overload the dryer.

    Resist the urge to put too many articles in the dryer. Clothes need room to tumble and air to circulate, and drying times become longer. Lint accumulates faster; your dryer strains under pressure, overheating and causing malfunctions. Plus, your energy bill will protest!

    Dryer Venting: The escape route for lint and moisture.

    Keep venting short and straight, under 25 feet. Use sturdy metal venting over the cheaper, lint-trapping flexible variety. Steer clear of PVC, as static electricity can become a dangerous partner in this equation.

    Warning signs:



    Does your dryer seem to be hot, emit unusual burning smells, or take an eternity to dry your clothes? These are distress signals! Check your vent for blockages and ensure proper airflow.

    Some other additional tips.

        • No screens or pest guards. If you feel you need to use them, then check them at least once a week to make sure they are clear of lint and other debris

        • Keep exterior vents at least 3 feet away from openings, windows, and doors.

        • For air conditioning units, try to keep dryer vents 10 feet away to keep warm, moist air and lint from blocking the fins and making the unit work harder.

        • Keep the dryer area clean and free of clutter. This will help to prevent fires from spreading.

        • Check exterior vents for blockage, wasp nests, snow, leaves, and other debris.

        • If possible, try not to vent through the roof, as it is harder to clean.

        • Add a heat detector in the laundry room.

        • Have your dryer serviced regularly by a qualified technician. This will help to ensure that the dryer is in good working condition and that there are no fire hazards.

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        We hope this article helps keep you and your family safe.

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