How to Reduce Laundry Room Fire Hazards

There are a number of things that could turn into a potential fire hazard in the laundry part of your house if not taken care of. Here is how to be fire safe in the laundry.

Steps

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    Use the dryer with care.
    • Allow the dryer cycle to run completely. This lets the machine and clothes cool down completely.
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    • Keep the dryer lint filter cleared after every single use of the dryer.
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    • Do not use a dryer when you're away from the house. Someone should always be present and attentive when a dryer is in use.
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    Keep all electrical appliances and power boards away from water sources. Be extremely careful with the location of the iron.
    • Replace frayed cords on appliances.
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    Use a hot wash every fifth wash to remove oil build-up in clothes. The build-up of body oils in clothing can increase the flammability of clothing. In conjunction with an uncleaned dryer filter, this can cause them to ignite in the dryer.
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    Be careful what you store in the laundry. If there are flammable products stored in there, such as paints, stain removers, etc., ensure that they are away from all heat sources (such as the dryer and iron) and that they are safely stowed.

Tips

  • Lint filters cause most fire hazards in the laundry.

Things You'll Need

  • Safe storage
  • Cords in good condition

Article Info

Categories: Disaster Preparedness