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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Clothes Dryer Fire Safety

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

photo of a hand removing lint from a clothes dryer lint trap Clean lint filters every time you use the dryer.

Did you know that you are at a higher risk of having a clothes dryer fire if you don't clean your lint filter and dryer vents? Follow these simple safety tips to prevent a clothes dryer fire in your home:

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter and clean the lint 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
  • Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is operating

For more information and fire-safety resources, you can visit www.usfa.fema.gov .

Failure to clean the dryer is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires. SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties is committed to keeping our communities informed about fire safety.

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