Did you know that nearly 3,000 laundry fires are reported each year? The leading cause of these fires is failure to properly clean the dryer of lint and debris! Here are some easy tips to help your family prevent laundry room fires:
- Your dryer, and other appliances, should be installed by a professional to ensure it is connected properly.
- Make sure to clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry. Don’t forget to also clean the back of the dryer to prevent lint build-up near outlets and dryer connections.
- Clean the vent pipe of lint every three months! Consider adding this often-forgotten task to your calendar so you can avoid a build-up that isn’t visible.
- Your laundry room, garage, or basement should also have an outdoor vent to stop heat build-up. Always make sure the vent is able to open when the dryer is on!
- Check your owner manual for instructions, warnings, and care instructions.
Does everyone in your family know how to operate a fire extinguisher? With proper training and education, fire extinguishers can save lives – and property! Remember, never use water to try and put out electrical or grease fires. This can make matters worse, especially if you don’t have a fire extinguisher handy! First, switch off the power or heat. Then, try to safely smother the flames. For electrical fires, use a clean, non-flammable blanket. Grease and other cooking fires are best extinguished using baking soda or covering with a metal lid. However, water is safe to use on gas fires! First, shut off the gas supply. Then, use a thick rug or cool water to smother the flames. Click here to learn more about how to use fire extinguishers and the five types available!