Many homeowners are not aware of how dangerous it can be to do laundry. Yes, laundry. You may be surprised to find out how many house fires are caused by washing machines and dryers. You may not think that a dryer can cause a huge fire, but it most certainly can happen.
Here are some important things you should remember to avoid so you can reduce a dryer fire in your home:
Your Dryer’s Vent Location
It is important for you to remember that you should not push your dryer too close to one of your walls. You do not want to reduce the amount of air flow by pushing the dryer too close to the wall where the vent is located. If your dryer’s connector hose becomes pushed too far against the wall, there will not be enough air flow getting in and out of the dryer. When there is not enough air flow, you can put yourself in a very serious situation.
Ensure that the material can put inside a dryer. Some items are meant to be drycleaned or air dryed.
The Amount Of Clothes
We understand that doing laundry can be tiresome and boring, but someone has to do it, right? We know that sometimes we can be tempted to throw all the clothes in the dryer, but we should avoid doing this. Overloading your dryer will mean it will have to run harder than it should. An overloaded dryer will also make it run hot and this can cause a fire.
When your dryer has to run harder or hotter, it will have to work twice as hard which will cause strain on the dryer. An excessive amount of wear and tear will lead to expensive repairs.
When You’re Not Home
You may be tempted to run your dryer and walk out the door to run some errands, but you should not run your dryer if you will not be home. You should also try to avoid starting your dryer when you are tired and sleepy because you may fall asleep while the dryer is running. You want to be home so you can take action in case there is a fire.
Air Under The Dryer
Many people place laundry baskets or boxes of detergent in front of the dryer while they are doing laundry, but this can cause a problem as well. Your dryer brings in the air not only from underneath the dryer but also in front of the dryer. You should avoid blocking the front of the dryer.
Your Laundry Room Door
You may always want to close the laundry door after you have placed clothes in the dryer, but this is something you may want to avoid doing from now on. Your dryer needs a significant amount of air to run. If it does not get enough air, it will have to work harder. This is not a good thing for your dryer. Not only is it not good for your dryer, it is also very unsafe.
If you want to do what is best for your dryer and your home, you should try to remember all the above tips. You can reduce the chances of a fire in your home and you can also reduce the chances that your dryer will need to be repaired or replaced.
For more information on dryer tips and all the things you can do to increase the lifespan of your dryer, do not hesitate to contact us today.