Having a washer and dryer in your home is one of the best modern conveniences. There are, however, some safety issues that come with owning and operating a dryer, which can cause a fire if not properly used and maintained. Here are some essential dryer safety tips from the home warranty experts at Colonial Home Warranty:
1. Maintain Airflow
Ensure that your dryer has metal venting and ducting materials to help sustain airflow. Providing adequate airflow will also reduce operating costs and extend the life of your dryer. If your dryer uses plastic or vinyl exhaust hoses, consider replacing them as soon as possible with rigid or flexible metal venting.
2. Remove Lint
Be sure to clean the lint trap before or after drying each load of clothes. Doing so will make it easier for your dryer to operate efficiently and help maintain airflow. Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer too, where lint can become stuck.
3. Ensure Dryer is Clean
The interior of the dryer and venting system should be cleaned periodically by qualified service personnel. If you notice the drying time is longer, clean the vent system thoroughly to ensure proper airflow.
4. Keep Flammable Items Away
Do not dry clothing or fabric that is covered in flammable materials. These include alcohol, cooking oils, gasoline, spot removers, and dry-cleaning solvents. Flammable substances give off vapors that could ignite or explode, resulting in a dryer fire.
5. Follow Manufacturer’s Instructions
Don’t forget to read the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings for using and maintaining your dryer. In addition to the owner’s manual, you may find important warning markings on the inside of the dryer’s lid.
Are you ready to put your mind at ease and your home in good hands? If so, don’t delay—give Colonial Home Warranty a call at (888) 481-3941 today. We offer affordable home warranty programs that will suit you and your household perfectly.