Dryer Fire Safety Tips from FEMA


“2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss,” reports FEMA. However, not enough people realize just how catastrophic a dryer fire can be. That’s why FEMA has put together safety outreach materials. Below we’ll outline a few you can share throughout your community.

1. Hang safety posters

Download, print and hang FEMA’s clothes dryer fire safety poster around your neighborhood to help increase awareness. It offers simple tips on dryer installation, cleaning and maintenance that can make a big difference.

2. Hold a meeting

Spread the word about clothes dryer fire safety by holding a community meeting. Here are a few points you want to cover:

  • Proper installation methods
  • Cleaning best practices
  • Maintenance tips

You may also want to point out what not to do with clothes dryers. For example, it’s important not to overload dryers.

3. Share on social media

What better way to boost awareness about dryer fires than to post about it on your social media accounts? Here are a few messages you can copy and paste, courtesy of FEMA:

  • Twitter
    • “Overheated clothes dryers can cause fires! Keep screens, ducts & vents lint-free. Learn more at http://www.usfa.fema.gov”
    • “Taking care of your clothes dryer is important for home fire safety. Tips to prevent dryer fires http://www.usfa.fema.gov”
  • Facebook
    •  “Taking care of your clothes dryer is important for home fire safety. The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them. An estimated 2,900 home dryer fires happen every year, causing 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Visit the U.S. Fire Administration’s website at http://www.usfa.fema.gov for a few simple safety tips to help you prevent a clothes dryer fire.”

Read more dryer fire prevention tips and statistics here. Don’t hesitate to contact EnviroGreen Boston for a thorough dryer vent cleaning! Call us today at (844) 775-7700. Get even more tips by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter and Google+.

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