Is Your Dryer a Fire-Trap?
Lint is a highly combustible material that is produced in the drying process. Normally it is blasted away from the dryer through the exhaust vent. When lint accumulates and clogs up the dryer ductwork, it chokes the airflow and causes heat to build up in the exhaust duct, creating ideal conditions for a fire.Traditionally, most clothes dryers were placed in the basement, usually against an outside wall. Today, many newer homes have dryers located on the main or second floor, often away from outside walls. These new locations mean dryers need to be vented longer distances with sharpturns and bends. Not only does this create more places for lint to gather, but also, it makes cleaning difficult since the vents are harder to reach.
Inside the Dryer:
Outside the Dryer:
Don’t let your dryer become a firetrap.
Finally, never let your clothes dryer run while you are out of the house or even worse, when you are asleep. Thoroughly read manufacturers’ instructions regarding the safe use of their dryers. If all else fails, you can always use an old fashioned clothesline. There have never been any reported clothesline fires!