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Clothes Dryer Fire Warning

Posted on October 30th, 2013 by Alert Protective

We would like to remind you to clean the clothes dryer filter screen after each load of laundry, to clean the outside exhaust vents twice a year and to occasionally vacuum the motor area of the dryer.

The lack of maintenance causes twenty-nine percent of dryer fires annually. Thirty-two percent of dryer fires are caused by worn out parts. In addition to fire safety, regular maintenance and cleaning, the exhaust line, vents and screen will help the dryer run more efficiently.

If materials such as cooking oil, solvents and other combustible or flammable liquids were not removed completely during the wash cycle, heat from the dryer may cause them to ignite. This is the reason that mop heads should not be put into the dryer. Someone should be at home whenever the dryer is in use and the home should have working smoke detectors.

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