what you can do to help prevent dryer fires...
the lint screen/filter before or after drying each load
of clothes. If clothing is still damp at the end
of a typical drying cycle or drying requires longer times
than normal this may be a sign that the screen or the exhaust
duct is blocked.
Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct periodically.
Check the outside dryer vent while the dryer is operating
to make sure exhaust air is escaping. If it is not, the
vent or the exhaust duct may be blocked. To remove a blockage
in the exhaust path, it may be necessary to disconnect the
exhaust duct from the dryer. Remember to reconnect the ducting
to the dryer and outside vent before using the dryer again.
Clean behind the dryer, where lint can build up.
Have a qualified service person clean the interior of the
dryer chasis periodically to minimize the amount of lint
accumulation. Keep the area around the dryer clean and free
Take special care when drying clothes that have
been soiled with volatile chemicals; such as gasoline,
cooking oils, cleaning agents, or finishing oils and stains.
If possible wash the clothing more than once to minimize
the amount of volatile chemicals on the clothes and preferably
hang the clothes to dry. If using a dryer, use the lowest
heat setting and a drying cycle that has a cool down period
at the end of the cycle. To prevent clothes from igniting
after drying, do not leave the dried clothes in the dryer
or piled in a laundry basket.
Replace plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting
material with a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct.
Most manufacturers specify the use of a rigid or corrugated
semi-rigid metal duct, which provides maximum airflow. The
flexible plastic or foil type duct can more easily trap
lint and is more susceptible to kinks or crushing, which
can greatly reduce the airflow.
Turn the dryer off when leaving the home. Do
not leave the dryer running if you go out because if it
malfunctions no one will be there to avert possible disaster.
Make sure that the dryer is plugged into an outlet suitable
for its electrical needs. Overloaded electrical
outlets can result in blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers.
Dryer should be installed by a professional.