Don’t take your clothes dryer for granted. Yes, it does valuable work, week in and week out, but it will work better – and more safely – if you take these steps, as recommended by the National Fire Protection Association:
• Dryers should be properly grounded.
• Check the outdoor vent flap to make sure it is not covered by snow.
• Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn -- boxes, cleaning supplies, clothing, etc.
• Beware of clothes wet from contact with flammable substances such as gasoline, paint thinner, or similar solvents. Lay them outside to dry; then wash and dry as usual.
FACT: The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them!
• Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
• Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
• Dispose of the lint before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
• Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper airflow and drying time.
• Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating.
• Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
• Keep your dryer in good working order. If you have a gas dryer, call a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
• Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
• Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
• Turn the dryer off if you leave the house or are going to bed.
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