Green Safety Tips For Your Household Dryer

In October of 2011 we gave you “The Case Against Dryer Sheets” which gave you information of just how toxic and flamable dryer sheets can be in the daily home laundry regimen.  We want to further expand on that topic but this time offer some GREEN safety tips to help eliminate the possability of your dryer catching on fire.  First some facts….

According to a recent study from the U.S. Fire Administration, residential dryer fires were associated with 12,700 fires nationally, resulting in 15 deaths and 300 injuries annually.

Clothes dryers may seem harmless, but failure to provide proper maintenance can have deadly results.  Avoiding a dangerous situation is actually pretty easy in most cases, just think ‘air flow.’  A significant buildup of lint can block the flow of air, which can result in excessive heat which can result in fires.  Failure to complete simple maintenance, such as minor cleaning, is the leading contributing factor for clothes dryer fires in homes.  Here are some helpful steps to avoid creating a catastrophic situation.

*Clean lint screen and comartment and brush off any remaining lint before or after each use of the dryer

*If you are not using Selestial Soap Natural Laundry Products Softening Rinse and are using the national brand fabric softner you will discover that residue from that product will accumulate in your dryer causing static electricity which could potentially iginite your dryer.  Our suggestion is that you thoroughly wash your lint screen in warm water using our non-sudsing Selestial Soap Laundry Detergent eliminating that film buildup that restricts air flow and from then on make our Softening Rinse your fabric softener of choice.

*Inspect the screen for even lint distribution and tears, and replace immediately to prevent overheating or lint passing into the duct and restricting air flow. 

*Do not open the lint panel while the tumbler is in operation.

QUARTERLY

*Inspect the duct, dampers and access covers for damage

* Clean all removable parts and make sure they operate freely.

*Vacuum the duct to remove excess lint buildup.

*On The unit itself, wipe down the blower, drive motor, and thermostat

*Check the belt tension and condition and replace if worn or cracked.

OTHER PRECAUTIONS

*Know that vapors could ignite when heated

*Don’t dry items that have been cleaned or soaked in gasoline, dry cleaning solvents, vegetable or cooking oil, machine oil or anything containing wax or chemicals, such as mop heads, and cleaning clothes any flammable or explosive substances.

*Do not operate a dryer if it is smoking, grinding or has missing or broken parts.

*Disconnect electrical power or close the gas shut-off  valve

*Disconnect electrical power or close the gas shut-off vavle as applicable before servicing.

* And finally NEVER bypass any safety devices!