Dryer Safety

by Karen Bates
(last updated February 17, 2020)

There are many things we use in our homes each day that we may not realize are potential safety hazards. One of the appliances we use often that can pose a threat is the dryer. This machine is a very convenient appliance and we might be using it all the time without thinking it could cause a problem.

The dryer is one of the biggest fire hazards in the home. Dryer fires are often caused by failure to keep the vents clean, allowing build-up of lint and other obstructions the possibility to catch fire. Other factors can also cause danger when operating the dryer.

To help keep your home safe, follow a few dryer safety tips:

  • Have a professional install your dryer for you. This ensures that it is done correctly and safely. If you install the dryer yourself, read the instruction manual that comes with the dryer carefully so you know you are installing it correctly.
  • Keep the dryer vents/ducts clean. Over time, lint and other debris can build up in this area, creating the potential for a fire to start. You can have a professional clean these ducts out, or you can use a vacuum attachment after disconnecting the duct to suck out the lint. Remember to always clean off the lint filter after each use, and always put it back in the dryer.
  • Do not dry clothes or fabrics that have ever had oil or anything flammable spilled on them. The extreme heat of the dryer can cause fire or explosion, even after the clothes have been washed. Air dry these items instead to avoid fire danger.
  • Be certain that the dryer is plugged into an outlet that can handle the power load. Do not plug the dryer in using an extension cord.
  • Keep the area around the dryer clear. Don't leave clothes or other materials on top of the machine.
  • Do not leave the dryer unattended while it is operating. It is a good idea to wash and dry your clothes while you are at home so you can keep an eye on things and know if anything happens.
  • Install a smoke detector in your laundry room. By doing this you can know at once if a fire has started.

By knowing how to prevent dryer accidents, you can keep your home safer and you will be able to keep possible hazards from occurring.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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