Clothes dryer fires are one of the most common causes of property damage. It’s a threat to everyone who lives in your home as well as the structure and belongings on your property. It is rarely caused by faulty appliances, but most of the time it is something that can be prevented.

Causes of Dryer Fires

Lint accumulation is the biggest player in causing dryer fires. It reduces airflow, which increases the temperature and creates perfect conditions for a fire. Lint is also very, very combustible; it’s used in homemade fire starters! Lint can obviously be found on your lint trap, but it doesn’t catch everything. If you pull out the lint trap, you can probably even see some lint built up under it. the link can build up all throughout the inside of your dryer—including the heating component.

Dryer vents are also getting longer and longer to accommodate laundry rooms being located in more convenient places. Long dryer vents, especially ones with many bends, can facilitate lint buildup as well, which increases the hazard.

Dryers that are placed too close to the wall is also dangerous, since this again reduces the airflow in and around the dryer.

You Can Prevent Dryer Fires

Take these important steps to save your property and family from dryer fires:

  • Clean your lint trap every single time you run a load through the dryer.
  • Never let your dryer run while you are away from the house or asleep.
  • Don’t place your dryer up against the wall. Keep about one foot of distance between the wall and your dryer.
  • Keep the area around the dryer clean. Don’t give a fire more fuel if anything happens.
  • Don’t keep anything on top of the dryer.
  • Don’t overload the dryer.
  • Never dry anything containing foam, rubber, or plastic.
  • Never dry anything that has come into contact with anything flammable like alcohol, cooking oils, or gasoline.
  • Check regularly to ensure that nests of small animals or insects are not blocking the outside vent.
  • Keep your dryer duct in good condition. Disconnect, clean, and inspect it regularly every three months. You can do it yourself, or you can hire professionals.
  • Every 2 or 3 years, hire a qualified technician to take apart and thoroughly clean the inside of your dryer.

Alternatives

If you want to save money and save yourself the worry of this hazard, consider some of these alternatives to conventional clothes dryers:

  • Condensing dryers
  • Spin dryers
  • Clothes lines
  • Drying racks

Preventing dryer fires is essential to home security. Keep your property and family safe by putting in the effort and resources to ensure that this hazard is kept in check. Share this with your family members and neighbors. A fire in the community is a danger to everyone around. To ensure that you and authorities are alerted in time, install a monitored fire alarm on all levels of your home. When a fire breaks out, time is crucial, and the faster you get the authorities to your home when there really is a fire, the higher chances you have of saving both lives and property.