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Dryer Fire Safety

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

According to FEMA 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported each year. That is more than 240 a month! Of the causes the number one reason the fire started was because the lint collection tray was not cleaned. 34% of these fires could have been prevented by cleaning the lint. It is recommended that you clean the lint filter each time you use the dryer and clean the exhaust hose ductwork at least once a year.

Other things that you should NOT do when using a dryer are

  • Do not overload the dryer
  • Do not turn a load on before you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Do not cover the vent damper with a cloth or mesh screen
  • Do not dry anything the manufacture has stated “dry away from heat” These could be flammable.
  • Do not dry items that have come in contact with flammable liquids such as gas or oily rags

The picture this blog is attached to we can’t say for sure what the cause was but the dryer is where it started. What SERVPRO of West Forsyth County wants you to take away from this blog is that most are preventable with proper maintenance service and operation.

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