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RFD urges dryer safety

Some of the most common household fire risks are familiar to most everyone – unattended stove burners and electric heaters, for example. But there’s another appliance that can easily cause a fire without proper maintenance: the clothes dryer.

One of the most important aspects of clothes dryer safety is proper installation. The Russellville Fire Department encourages homeowners to have dryers professionally-installed to make sure they are properly grounded and exhaust vent pipes and flaps are operating as they should.

Here are a few other maintenance tips from the RFD to keep in mind to avoid potential fire hazards:

  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter, and check the filter before and after each cycle.
  • Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer, where lint can build up.
  • Regularly check the venting system to ensure it is not damaged, crushed or restricted.
  • Make sure the appropriate plug and outlet are used to power the machine.
  • Follow manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload the dryer.
  • When leaving home or going to bed, do not leave the dryer on.

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