Autumn has arrived and soon it will be far too chilly to hang our laundry outside. Yes, we’ll miss the freshness that comes with laundry on a clothes line, but we’ll enjoy the warmth of the dryer. As we head into the colder months the use of the dryer increases and so does the risk of fire.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 81% of home structure fires begin in the laundry room, and 92% of those involved a dryer. The leading cause of this is the failure to clean out the vents. These percentages result in $236 million in direct property damage.
While these numbers should alert you, don’t get too scared. Dryer maintenance is easy and affordable. We like easy and affordable. Below are a few steps you can take to be sure your dryer is working properly. Not only will you be safer, your dryer will increase its efficiency.
- Clean out the lint filter every time you use the dryer.
- Keep all flammables away from your dryer.
- Regularly sweep around your dryer to control the dust and lint.
- Clothing stained with volatile chemicals should be not be dried in the dryer.
- Check the tags on your clothing. If it says tumble dry low, be sure that is what you do.
- Do not leave the dryer running while you are out.
- If your clothes come out of the dryer extremely hot, check your vents and filters. Your dryer may be working overtime.
Fires are scary and recovering from one can be a trying time. Make sure you are protected in the event of a fire. If you are unsure what your homeowner’s policy covers, give us a call. Our agents are ready to help you understand your coverage and help you get to a safer place.