With all of the heat that dryers build up, they can be hazardous and susceptible to causing fires. It’s surprisingly common as so often people overlook the maintenance that comes along with their machine. The most common cause of dryer fires is lint as it tends to build up making its way to the heating element or exhaust duct. The same can be said for a build up or dirt or anything else that is leftover after washing.
Try not to get too worried – as long as you take care of your machine by following the preventative steps below, it will take care of you.
Clean out the lint
Worth doing after every wash (if you make it a habit, you won’t forget), you should clean out the lint build up in the dryer’s lint screen & ventilation duct. Not only will this prevent a fire, it will also help your laundry dry faster.
Clean out ventilation ducts
We’ve mentioned cleaning out the lint, but even if there’s no lint, it’s extremely important to check your vents regularly to ensure there are no blockages and air can move freely.
Keep flammable chemicals away
If you’re washing anything that may have flammable chemicals on it, such as, oil or gas, keep it away from the dryer and let it air dry. It’s best to wash these pieces several times before putting them in the dryer to ensure the chemicals are washed off.
Just like with electric heaters and keeping things ‘a metre from the heater’, leaving clean space around the dryer is best practice. This also includes avoiding anything on top of the machine.
Lessen your load
The more laundry in the machine, the longer it will take to dry your laundry. The longer your dryer runs, the hotter it will get. If you have a large load, break it up to minimise the drying time.