The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that in 1998, clothes dryers were linked to 15,600 fires, which led to 20 deaths and 370 injuries. Fires can happen when lint accumulates in the dryer or perhaps in the exhaust duct. Lint can block the air flow, result in excessive high temperature build-up, and create a fire in some dryers.
To help prevent fires:
* Thoroughly clean the lint screen, filter before or right after drying every load of clothes. If clothing is still wet after a typical drying cycle or drying needs more time than usual, this is usually a indication that the lint screen or the exhaust duct is blocked.
* Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct regularly. Check out the outside of the dryer vent as the dryer is working to ensure exhaust air is getting away. If it's not, the vent or the exhaust duct could possibly be clogged. To get rid of a blockage in the exhaust path, it may be essential to remove the exhaust duct from your dryer. Make sure to reconnect the ducting to the dryer and outside vent before making use of the dryer again.
* Clean behind the dryer, where lint can develop. Have a skilled assistance technicians clean the inside of the dryer chassis regularly to reduce the quantity of lint accumulation. Maintain the area surrounding the dryer clean and free of clutter.
* Exchange plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting material with rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct. Most producers specify using a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct, which gives highest airflow. The flexible plastic or foil type duct can easier trap lint and is more susceptible to kinks or crushing, which can help reduce the flow of air.
* Be extra careful when drying clothes which have been soiled with volatile chemicals such as gasoline, cooking oils, cleaning agents, or finishing oils and stains. When possible, wash the clothing more often than once to reduce the quantity of volatile chemicals on the clothes and, preferably, hang the clothes to dry out. If using a dryer, make use of the lowest heat setting and a drying cycle that has a cool-down period at the end of the cycle. To avoid clothes from igniting after drying, don't leave the dried clothes in the dryer or piled in a laundry basket.
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