Dryer Fires

Dryer Fires: What to Know and What to Do

You could end up dealing with a disaster if you don’t care for your appliances and handle waste management the right way, which is exactly what happens when a dryer fire occurs. It could happen due to problems with the lint filter or ductwork, so be extra careful and keep your home protected. If you need to, don’t hesitate to call for emergency services. Here’s what to know and what to do in case of a dryer fire.

Potential Causes of Fires

Avoiding a disaster like a fire can be easy if you know what to look for, but knowing what causes a fire won’t do any good if you don’t take steps to protect yourself. In some cases, this comes down to an issue of waste management. When you open the dryer to transfer your clothes over from the washing machine, check the lint trap. If it’s full, remember to empty it out into the garbage before you run your load through the dryer. A full lint trap can catch fire if it’s not replaced, so take the extra ten seconds to fully empty it out.

Protecting Your Home

In addition to emptying out your lint filter in between loads of laundry, inspect your ducts on a regular basis. The heat that’s generated from drying your clothes needs to go somewhere, and a blockage in the exhaust duct will prevent it from escaping to a safer place. Dryers that aren’t allowed to ventilate properly will be more susceptible to clogs, which makes them a serious fire hazard.

Emergency Services

If you do go through a dryer fire, you might need emergency services from your waste management team. Fires spread quickly and can cause mass destruction, so even a small one can result in serious damage to your space.

If you need emergency services, you can rely on Jim Bracken and the Brackenbox team for help. Our excavation and demolition services come together with our dumpsters serving Chicago to bail you out of a disaster, so call us at (708) 339-4100 for more information.