Fires usually originate either in the vent duct or the lint trap.
- Improper venting or improper venting duct material may cause a fire.
- The white plastic venting material sold at your local hardware store is combustible.
- Not all flexible metal tubing can withstand the 430 degrees Fahrenheit temperature generated by an electric clothes dryer.
Lint build up in the vent duct will increase the risk of fire.
- Regularly inspect/clean the venting duct checking for blockage.
- If disconnected to inspect and clean, reattach the duct properly.
Clean the lint trap after every use
- If the lint trap is dirty, clothes may take longer to dry or will not completely dry. The clothes may become very hot as well as the outside of the dryer.
- Lint can build up under and behind the dryer. Keep the area around the dryer clean and free of clutter.
- Have a professional clean inside the dryer around the motor and the internal wiring semi-annually.
Do Not Dry Clothes Contaminated with VOC’s
- Volatile Organic Compounds include wood stains, gasoline, cleaning agents, and cooking oils can ignite inside the dryer.
Basic Preventive Measures Can Reduce the Risk of a Dryer Fire
- By cleaning the lint trap after every use, inspecting the and cleaning the duct, and not drying clothes contaminated with VOC’s the risk of a dryer fire is greatly reduced.