A leading cause of dryer fires in homes is the lack of dryer maintenance.
Homeowners are reminded to take the following precautions.
Always: Follow the manufacture’s instructions regarding the safe use of the dryer.
Inspect and clean the lint screen after each load of laundry. The built up of lint can lead to fire.
Regularly remove lint from the metal ducts and exhaust vents.
The inside of the dryer should be cleaned following the manufactures instructions.
Regularly inspect the air exhaust to insure it is not restricted and the vent flap opens when the dryer is operating.
Turn of the dryer if you leave your home or going to bed.
Keep the area around the dryer clear of items that can burn.
Install a carbon monoxide alarm in your home if using a natural gas or propane dryer.
Ensure working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas.