Clothes Dryer Safety

Take the following precaution to help avoid a dryer fire in your home.


  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • If you are installing your own dryer, follow the manufacturer’s instructions before installing the dryer vent. Determine the straightest and most direct venting path to the outdoors to reduce lint accumulation in bends and elbows.
  • Use rigid or flexible metal ducting for venting to the outdoors.
  • Clothes dryers located in closet-type spaces or totally enclosed rooms should have sufficient incoming air for proper operation (see manufacturer’s instructions).


  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the safe use of the dryer.
  • Inspect and clean the lint screen after each load of laundry.
  • Regularly remove lint from metal ducts and exhaust vents.
  • Regularly inspect the air exhaust to ensure it is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap opens when the dryer is operating.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.

Do not:

  • Overload the dryer.
  • Exhaust the dryer indoors.
  • Dry materials or fabrics that have been saturated by chemicals, oils or gasoline. Even after washing, these substances can start a fire during the drying cycle.
  • Dry garments that have been cleaned with dry-cleaning fluid.
  • Use a dryer without a lint filter, or with a lint filter that is loose, damaged or clogged.

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