Clothes Dryer Safety
 October 2012
Prevention Daily Fire Quick Drills -­‐ Easy Access to Training Topics Clothes Dryer Safety
Doing laundry is most likely part of your everyday routine. But, did
you know how important taking care of your clothes dryer is to the
safety of your home? With a few simple safety tips you can help
prevent a clothes dryer fire.
NFPA Clothes Dryer
Safety Tips, used with
NFPA Public Education
Division, 1
Batterymarch Park,
Quincy, MA 02169
• Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
• Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
• Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of
laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
The leading cause of
home clothes dryer fires
is failure to clean them.
• Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain
proper air-flow and drying time.
• Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the
outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a
year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal
for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a
dryer lint removal service do it for you.
And Don’t Forget …
Dryers should be properly
Check the outdoor vent flap
to make sure it is not
covered by snow.
Keep the area around your
dryer clear of things that can
burn, like boxes, cleaning
supplies and clothing, etc.
Clothes that have come in
contact with flammable
substances, like gasoline,
paint thinner, or similar
solvents should be laid
outside to dry, then can be
washed and dried as usual.
• Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be
inspected by a professional to make sure that the gas line and
connections are intact and free of leaks.
• Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine
is connected properly.
• Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t
overload your dryer.
• Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.
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