Fire safety at home

Clothes dryers

Clothes dryers can catch fire. 

To lower the chance of a fire when using a clothes dryer, you should:

  • always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, especially when you install it
  • not overload it
  • not put dripping-wet clothes in it
  • clean the lint filter after every use
  • not turn on the dryer and then leave the house
  • not put clothes or other items on or around the dryer
  • make sure the area where the dryer is being used is well ventilated
  • not use the dryer if it is making unusual noises, for example rubbing or grinding sounds, or if the timer is not working properly.

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Last updated: 01 March 2016

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