Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fire News

Hazel Dryer Fire

These types of fires are more common than you think

Staff/Voice photos


Fire Engine 4 was able to provide a speedy response Friday to a fire in a dryer.


dryer malfunctioned at a condo in the 9400-block of Hazel St. Friday and caught fire and in a short time began to creep into the wall.


However, fire crews were quick to respond and made short work of it. The residence was evacuated and no one was injured.


RCMP were also on the scene to assist and Firefighters vented the building afterward.


According to the National Fire Prevention Association, Dryers and washing machines were involved in one out of every 22 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2006-2010.


In 2010, an estimated 16,800 reported U.S. non-confined or confined home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines resulted in 51 civilian deaths, 380 civilian injuries and $236 million in direct property damage. Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 4%.


The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires was failure to clean (32%), followed by unclassified mechanical failure or malfunction (22%). Eight percent were caused by some type of electrical failure or malfunction.


Doing laundry is most likely part of your every day routine. But did you know how important taking care of your clothes dryer is to the safety of your home? With a few simple safety tips you can help prevent a clothes dryer fire.


Here are some tips to keep in mind;

• Dryers should be properly grounded

• Check the outdoor vent flap to make sure it is not covered by snow.

• Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn, like boxes, cleaning supplies and clothing, etc.

• Clothes that have come in contact with flammable substances, like gasoline, paint thinner, or similar solvents should be laid outside to dry, then can be washed and dried as usual.
The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them.

• Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.

• Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.

• Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.

• Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.

• Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.

• Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.

• Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.

• Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.

• Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed



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