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Clothes dryers are a major workhorse appliance in America. In most homes, families run their dryers seven days a week just to keep up with burgeoning baskets of dirty laundry. What many don’t realize is that poor installation and maintenance of this common household appliance results in more than 15,000 fires, hundreds of deaths and injuries, and nearly $90 million in property loss every year, according to the National Fire Incident Reporting System.

The following recommendations contribute to safer dryer use:
• Clean the lint filter before drying each load of clothing. Adding heat to a clogged filter can lead to a fire.
• Disassemble the vent pipe and clean it periodically. Lint is combustible and buildup will occur, which can act as fuel for a fire or cause your machine to overheat.
• Never use plastic vent or accordion-style foil piping. Instead, use rigid aluminum metal duct. Using the wrong type of piping is one of the most common dryer installation errors and a code violation.
• Do not place your dryer right against the wall. Many people push their dryers as close to the wall as possible, crushing the vent pipe and leaving no room for manufacturer-recommended clearances. If the vent pipe is crushed, lint buildup is increased and heated exhaust from the dryer cannot escape.
• Keep your dryer and the area around it as clean as possible. Clean behind and under the dryer where lint can build. If a fire reaches lint, you risk a more serious fire, or at the least, smoke damage.
• Do not use a dryer to dry clothes or rags that have been soaked with volatile's like gas, turpentine, stains, or finishing oils. Wash the items twice and line dry them.
• Do not leave the house or go to bed with the dryer running.
• Mount an all-purpose fire extinguisher on a wall in your laundry room.

Avoid becoming another statistic. Use common sense when installing and maintaining your clothes dryer. Follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions, and keep your machine as lint free as possible.

Do you know what would happen to you and your family if your house burnt down? Make sure to contact your insurance agent and ask if you are properly insured on your Home Insurance Policy

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