A Clothes Dryer Fire Safety Lesson

Blog Post created by judycomoletti Employee on Jan 14, 2013

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It’s so easy to put laundry in the dryer and continue on with household activities. I just heard about a clothes dryer fire that I have to share with you.

A family in Utah is safe because of the quick action of a boy named Jake. The clothes dryer was on and the family was at home watching television. Jake smelled smoke and went to investigate the laundry room. To his surprise, he found smoke from the clothes dryer. He immediately turned off the
dryer and the fire went out. Mike who is Jake’s dad, an NFPA member and a former paramedic fire fighter, inspected the situation and determined the fire was out and the family was not in danger. Mike moved the dryer and was shocked to see the amount of lint that had built up under the dryer. Mike and his family want to remind home owners to be sure to clean the lint filter of your dryer after
every use. He also encourages everyone to inspect and clean inside, behind and under the dryer where lint can accumulate. In addition, be sure to clean out the vent pipe at least once a year. Dryer lint removal services are available if a homeowner does not feel comfortable cleaning out the lint.

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Mike told me that in the past, his family has put a load of clothes in the dryer at night and gone to bed. If the family had done that, this may have been a very different story. The family has committed to never running the dryer when they go to bed and always staying home when the dryer is running.

I’m glad Mike shared his story. Let’s remember to keep our dryers clean. I’d also like to remind everyone to be sure you have working smoke alarms in your home. Smoke alarms should be located inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best protection, interconnect the alarms so when one sounds they all sound. Test smoke alarms monthly.

Thanks Mike and I am happy your family and home are safe!