Lower Southampton Fire Department

Your Dryer Produces More Than Just Heat...


Household chores.... no one want's to do them. Right? What about if a chore can also be a fire preventative check, keeping your family and house safe? Doesn't sound like a chore anymore no does it?

Pulling your lint traps out regularly and cleaning them thoroughly is a key maintenance tip to help prevent a fire from igniting from the combination of the heat and dust/lint. Without cleaning the trap and vent system, the build up of lint and dust will cause the heat from the dryer to be pushed further and further back into the house, heating up the vent system, the dryer itself and the walls the vent system passes through.

An article written by, Burn Prevention Network, included some important safety tips to keep your dryer clear of any fire hazards.

  • 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.  Collect any lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating.  (In snowy weather, make sure the opening is not blocked by snow).
  • Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean the lint out of the vent pipe or have a professional do it for you.
  • Keep dryers in good working order.  Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure 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.
  • Turn the dryer off before you go to bed or if you leave your home.
  • Don’t overload your dryer.
  • Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn, like boxes, cleaning supplies, and clothing.