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Clothes Dryer Safety Tips

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

White clothes dryer. SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook can help if you experience fire damage.

Taking out the garbage, sweeping the floor, and doing laundry are just a few daily chores that you may perform during a normal day. It is important to protect your home from a fire disaster by following a few simple tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to avoid a clothes dryer fire:

  • 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
  • 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, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  • Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection 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

If you experience fire or smoke damage, SERVPRO of Downers Grove / Oak Brook has a team of highly trained technicians available 24-hours a day to assist you. Please call us at 630-573-4290.

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