Dryer Safety Precautions
Dryers are an everyday conventional tool that is usually harmless.
But thousands of American homes, including ones in Hawai’i are privy to a dryer fire lest one continuously keeps these in mind. Throughout the lifetime of your dryer, there are many reasons that can go ary and leave someone with soot and smoke.
SERVPRO of East Honolulu accommodates our customers when disaster strikes. We can clean everything the fire touches, repair and replace your damaged materials. All the while keeping your contents safe and clean either in our storage or a storage brand we trust.
But before we ever go out… you can keep your home safe from a fire, here are a few tips to ensure you don’t ever see our technicians for a dryer fire.
- Precautions must be taken even while installing the dryer. It is important to understand the electric capacities of both your house and dryer. Most fires occur from the lack of maintenance.
- Continuously cleaning your dryer is the best way to mitigate a fire. Most dryer fires are started by the lint accumulation in the lint trap. When there is too much lint it is more prone to catching a flame. Every few uses the lint trap should be cleared, that way down the line everything is safe. The back of the dryer may also contain buildup, cleaning your exhaust/vent pipe 2-3 a year is also crucial to maintaining safety.
- Properly using your dryer is the most important tip for safety. Overloading your dryer means there are too many clothes to dry and is also dangerous. Make sure that rubber, plastic, foam and other flammable chemicals are not placed into the dryer. This is a known way to cause fires. Other chemicals to consider when putting your clothes in the dryer are alcohol, gas, and other liquids that hold the potential to start a fire.
- Routinely checking on the health of your dryer will ensure that it is in the best shape possible.
- One should change their dryer every 5-10 years.
Dryer fires are completely preventable if homeowners and renters alike understand the maintenance needed to properly utilize these machines. One can not always be on top of danger, so if a dryer fire does occur… Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Honolulu. We are available 24/7 for emergencies at (808)-395-9545