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A message from the Fire Prevention Branch
CLOTHES DRYERS

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Posted on Thursday September 9, 2021


1. Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.

2. Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.

3. Clean out the dryer’s lint filter before each use of the dryer. Remove the lint that has collected around the drum.

4. Clean lint out of the vent pipe quarterly or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you. If you notice that it is taking longer than usual for your clothes to dry, it should be cleaned more often.

5. Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time to reduce the risk of fire or fire spread.

6. Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating.

7. Make sure the correct plug and wall outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.

8. 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.

9. Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions. Do not overload the dryer.

10. Turn off the dryer when you leave home or go to bed.

11. Choose a dryer that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory.