Preventing Dryer Fires

Do the clothes in your dryer still feel damp when the cycle is finished?

  • Make sure you clean your lint trap after every load. 
  • Check the outside exhaust to make sure the air is escaping. 
  • Keep the area around the outside exhaust clear of foliage, debris, snow, and ice. 

Does your laundry feel hotter than usual when the cycle is finished?

  • This can be a sign that your dryer’s temperature control thermostat needs servicing.

What type of duct work is your dryer venting made of?

  • Plastic flexible duct work is more prone to kinking and crushing that can speed lint build-up and restrict airflow. Make sure to check this type of ducting often for signs of blockage.
  • Rigid or flexible metal ducting is most often recommended for maximum airflow. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendation when installing duct work.

Has the duct work been cleaned?

  • Have a professional clean the duct work from the dryer to the outside exhaust. To find a professional, search for “dryer vent cleaning” 
  • Dryer vent cleaning “kits” are available commercially if you like a do-it-yourself project. 

Keep your home fire safe!

Fire in a dryer and lint build up in hose and improper venting