Safety Tips to Prevent Dryer Fires at Home

Stove burners that catch fire or candles tipping over. These are only a few of the things people think when it comes to fire safety. But do you also feel that your dryer can cause a fire?

If not, good thing you’re reading this article right now.  Here’s the truth – dryers can catch fire if these aren’t cleaned and maintained correctly. So, what are you going to do to prevent dryer fires?

It’s simple. Follow the useful tips below, and you would be safe using your dryer:

Avoid Dryer Overload

Admit it – some of us put too many clothes into the dyer because it saves time. (A good idea for homeowners who are busy at home and need to go to work.) Do you think this a good idea?

If yes, you’re wrong. Truth is overloading your dyer cause the machine to work harder than usual. The result is friction inside the dryer’s mechanics that create a spark. (You know what’s next – your dryer catches fire!)

Use Right Materials for Ventilation Tubes

You read it already in the dryer manual – dyers require specific tubes for its vents. So, why are you using other materials? You would answer:

“The materials are cheap, and I’m in a hurry.”

That’s a lame excuse. You’re putting your family in danger. Specific tubes for dyer vents are heat and waterproof. (In other words, these materials prevent fires.) But, you’re not using it. Remember: use the right tubes for your dryer vents to avoid potential fires.

Always Clean the Lint Filter

Did you know that lint often causes dryer fires? Yes, lint is near the heating elements of the dyer, so lint temperature reaches 550 degrees. So, take the time to clean the dryer lint. But, it’s also best to clean the dryer’s outer part to make sure there aren’t future fires.

Install the Dyer Correctly

Most homeowners forget one essential thing in using a dryer – proper ventilation. Your dryer requires the right ventilation that pushes outside. For example, a dryer is installed improperly causes mildew and molds. (Yes, you think mold doesn’t cause a fire.) But, the improper electrical outlet does.

Thus, you make sure the dryer’s outlet has 220V and is grounded.

Check the Gas Lines

Are you using a gas-powered dryer at home? Did a professional install it and connect the lines? If yes, good for you! Your home is safe from fires.

What would happen if unqualified personnel installed your dryer? Well, first, gas leaks can occur. Second, fires can start. Hence, it’s best to hire an expert with the dyer and gas lines installation to avoid fire accidents.

Don’t forget that fire safety and prevention is a must at home. Make sure to follow the tips mentioned above to ensure you wouldn’t fire problems at home in the future.