- Clean the lint trap before or after drying each load of clothes.
- Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can be trapped.
- Ensure the floor around your dryer is free of debris, lint and clothing.
- The interior of the dryer and venting system should be cleaned periodically by qualified service technician. If drying time is longer than normal, clean the vent system thoroughly to ensure proper airflow.
- Replace plastic or vinyl exhaust hoses with rigid or flexible metal venting.
- Do not dry clothes or fabric on which there is anything flammable (alcohol, cooking oils, gasoline, spot removers, dry-cleaning solvents, etc.). Flammable substances give off vapors that could ignite or explode.
- Gasoline should not be stored near dryers or water heaters and should only be stored in approved containers.
- Read manufacturers’ warnings in use and care manuals that accompany new dryers. Warnings can usually be found on the inside of the dryer’s lid and take only minutes to read.
- Clothes dryers can be found in 80 percent, or 81.5 million homes throughout the United States.
- A full load of wet clothes placed in a dryer contains about one half gallon of water. Lint is created from the clothes as water is removed.
- Clothes dryers are one of the most expensive appliances in your home to operate. The longer it runs the more money it costs you.
- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that 15,500 fires associated with clothes dryers occur annually. These fires account for an average of 10 deaths and 310 injuries and more than $84.4 million in property damage annually.
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