You know those light, fluffy balls of fabric and dust that cling to your clothes? Put enough of them together and you might as well have gasoline.
That’s the message Barrie Fire is conveying after responding to two fires in a 5 day period that were caused by home dryers:
Crews beginning to clear Edgehill fire. Clean lint from dryer vents, not just lint trap! Residents returning. pic.twitter.com/9dvo94eAOG
— Barrie Fire (@Barrie_Fire) April 19, 2017
As a helpful note, Barrie Fire took things a step further, sharing the following info:
“• Have your dryer installed and services by a professional.
• Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
• Clean the 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.
• Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor flap opens while the dryer is operating. Clean lint out of the vent pipe at least once a year.
• Use the right plug and outlet.
• Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload the dryer.
• Turn the dryer off when you leave the home or go to bed.” – @Barrie_Fire