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Dryer Fire Prevention Tips
June 1, 2015
 Washer and dryer fires are more common than you think. According to the National Fire Protection Association, one out of every 22 structure fires are caused by washing and drying machines. The leading cause is from a lack of cleaning. Here are some tips in order to make sure you avoid losing your home to a dryer fire.


·         Replace vinyl dryer exhaust ducts with metal ductwork to reduce fire hazards.

·         Before every dryer load, clean out the lint filter.

·         Every three months, wash the lint filter with detergent to remove invisible chemical residues that can restrict airflow.

·         Every month, visually inspect the dryer exhaust duct for crimps, obstructions, and unnecessary bends.

·         Yearly, remove and clean out the entire exhaust duct line from dryer to exterior.

·         Replace rubber washing machine hoses with braided-metal ones to reduce the risk of bursting. Expect to pay about $8 per hose.

·         Monthly, inspect washing machine hoses for tight fittings, bulges, cracks, and leaks. Tighten loose fittings. Replace damaged hoses.

·         Always ensure that the washing machine is level and on firm footing.

·         Always use the proper type and amount of detergent for the machine and load.

·         To prevent washing machine odor in front-load machines; always allow the interior to dry before shutting the door. Families with small children, however, should not leave the door ajar. Instead, use products specifically intended to eliminate odor-causing residues.

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