Preventing a House Fire from a Clothes Dryer

While having a clothes dryer is a convenient way to dry your laundry at home, it can also be a fire hazard if not properly maintained. Follow these tips to ensure your clothes dryer does not start a fire in your home.

  • Make sure that the dryer duct is made from solid metallic material since vinyl and foil are both combustible, and the spiral wound surfaces catch lint more readily.
  • Ensure that the dryer duct is vented to the outside, and not into the attic or the crawlspace.
  • Avoid kinking or crushing the dryer duct to make it fit into smaller spaces since it will further restrict the airflow.
  • Do not use screws to put your vent pipe together. The screws will collect lint inside the piping and cause additional friction.
  • Periodically use a lint brush or vacuum attachment to remove lint that has accumulated under the lint trap and be sure to clean the lint trap after every use.
  • Depending on how much you use your dryer, have the dryer taken apart and thoroughly cleaned every 1 to 3 years.

Most importantly, make sure you have the right homeowners insurance policy to protect your home and belongings by contacting Miller Insurance Associates in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.