Dryer Vent Safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association
The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires is failure to clean them.
- Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
- Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
- Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
- Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
Clean Dryer Vents equals Dryer Vent Safety
Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.
Dryer Inspection and Cleaning
Frequency of Exhaust System Cleaning recommended by Whirlpool
Every exhaust system must be inspected periodically and cleaned to ensure that it is intact and free from lint accumulation. The frequency of these inspections will vary, depending on the system and usage of the dryer. For single-family usage, an annual inspection is recommended. In commercial usage or in multiple dryer systems, a more frequent inspection is recommended. Complaints of long drying times or a hot dryer top indicate the need for inspection of the exhaust system.