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OFM Pub Ed – Clothes Dryer Safety

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DID YOU KNOW? The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is a failure to clean them.

Follow these simple safety tips to prevent a clothes dryer fire in your home:

  • Have your dyer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter. Clean the filter before and after each cycle.
  • Do not forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up.
  • Check the venting system behind the dryer to make sure that it is not damaged, crushed, or restricted.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  • Make sure that the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is operating.
  • Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn, like boxes, cleaning supplies, clothing, etc.
  • Clothes that have come in contact with flammable substances, like gasoline, paint thinner, or similar solvents should be laid outside to dry, then can be washed and dried as usual.