Home fires are dangerous, sometimes common and worst of all, common. Death from a house fire is the 5th most common cause of death annually in America. Worst of all, America ranks in the top 6th among all countries in house fires. So how can we prevent this from happening to ourselves?
Clothes dryers accidents in the home are responsible for 17,700 fires, 360 injuries, and 15 deaths a year. If the fear of fire doesn’t make you want to be more safe with your dryer maybe the fear of your wallet does, those same accidents cause $194 million dollars in property damage a year as well.
Well let’s be honest, there are a million different ways that a fire can start and/or spread in the home so let’s start out with just one. Once we master this then we move on to conquer every inch of the house.
This week’s Stand Up Guys Junk Removal Tip of the Week is ‘How to Prevent Clothes Dryer Fires’.
Your Clothes Dryer
Clothes Dryers, also known as tumble dryers or simply dryers are machines that eliminate wetness from clothing and other fabric. In homes all over the America (and the rest of the world), dryers are used in conjunction with washing machines in order to clean clothes. Since the dryers coming of age in the 1960s, dryers have become one of the most common household appliances.
We have all gotten use to the wonderful luxury of our washers and dryers, it’s much nicer than the alternative way to washing and drying our clothes. Now let’s just make sure that we keep our dryers as safe as possible, and not let them be a fire hazard.
Follow these simple bullet points when using your dryer and it raises your chances of staying safe from a clothes dryer fire a million degrees. Don’t forget, knowledge is power.
- Clean the lint screen before every load you put in the dryer.
- Never OVERLOAD the dryer with too many wet clothes. It’s safer to just run two loads.
- Clean out the exhaust duct periodically.
- Don’t leave the dryer running when you leave your home.
- Read the manual.
- Make sure you have maximum air flow from your exhaust hoses.
- Don’t let junk build up around the dryer, keep the area clean.
- Just be smart.