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Dryer Fire Prevention Tips

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Imagine pulling out your favorite fuzzy blanket, the newest favorite one you added to your blanket collection. It's toasty, and smells like springtime fresh out of the dryer. Ready for your bedtime slumber after a long day, you forgot to empty your lent trap for the next use. Your impressive blanket collection, built up an even more impressive lent collection over time and caused a lint fire. Fear not, here are some preventative tips provided by your local SERVPRO of BGMH: 

  1. Have Your Dryer Professionally Installed
    Having your dryer installed by a qualified professional, will allow you to make sure that everything is installed correctly and working as it should. This will prevent any potential safety hazards.
  2. Clean the Lint Filter and Dryer Vent Regularly
    The most common cause of a dryer fire, is caused by not keeping the unit clean. You should remove lint from the filter before and after each use. Lint can also build up in the back of the dryer, so be sure to clean that area too. The dryer vent should be cleaned at least every three months to prevent blockages.
  3. Dryers Should be Serviced On The Regular.
    Hiring a professional to clean and inspect the appliance at least once a year can help minimize any problems and keep the unit safe to use.
  4. NO Flammable Items Near the Dryer
    If a flammable liquid has been spilled on your clothing item, you should never put it in the dryer. Be sure to keep any flammable materials away from the surrounding area as well.
  5. Keep the Dryer Off Before You Leave the House
    Unattended dryers could start a fire, and spread without you being aware of it.
    Prevent your home from harm. Keep your dryer cleaned and properly maintained. In the event of smoke or fire damages, you could hire a fire restoration company like SERVPRO. We are always here to help. 

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