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Protect Your Home: Essential Dryer Safety Tips to Prevent Fires

Discover crucial tips to keep your dryer from catching fire. Learn about the hidden hazard of lint buildup and follow safety measures to ensure a lint free, safe, and efficient dryer. Read on for expert advice and important safety precautions. Call to book an inspection today: 514-616-5900.


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In the midst of Canada's long and frosty winters, heavy woolen and fleece clothes become essential for survival. However, what many people overlook is the hidden hazard these fabrics pose when tossed into a dryer – shedding loads of lint that can accumulate in cavities and exhaust pipes, increasing the risk of fire.


According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are approximately 12,700 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings annually in the United States, causing 15 deaths, 300 injuries, and about $88 million US in property damage. While there are no specific statistics available for Canada, Marla Friebe from Toronto Fire Services, as reported by the CBC, emphasizes the importance of maintaining lint free dryers, especially in Canada's long, slushy winters.


Expert Tips for Dryer Safety


  1. Regularly Clean Lint Traps: Failure to clean out lint traps is the main cause of dryer fires. Lint buildup can block vents or exhaust pipes, turning lint into a highly combustible fire hazard. Use your vacuum cleaner to ensure both the lint trap and exhaust pipe are regularly cleaned.


  1. Safety Measures:

  • Avoid putting mops, rags with flammable substances, or items with rubber soled material in the dryer.

  • Check for blocked pipes or lint buildup if clothes take longer to dry.

  • Replace damaged filters or exhaust vents.

  • Choose aluminum or steel ducts over vinyl hoses for better durability.

  •  Ensure dryer vent flaps aren't freezing shut in winter.


  1. Fabric Softener Tips: 

While fabric sheets and softeners can leave a film on the lint screen over time, it's highly doubtful that this alone leads to fires. If concerned, clean the filter with warm soapy water and a brush.


  1. Buying a New Dryer: 

When purchasing a new unit, opt for an energy efficient model with moisture sensors. Consider placement for good airflow, especially in nontraditional areas, and consult a technician, like SOS Dryer and Ventilation, for regular maintenance every one to three years.


By following these essential tips, you can safeguard your home from the risks of dryer fires. Keep your dryer lint free and operate it safely to ensure a secure and efficient laundry routine.


Call us today to book your cleaning and don’t forget to ask WHY WE DON’T USE BLASTED AIR!



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