Jun 09, 2016 Return to Headlines

Clothes Dryers Need Cleaning Too

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 9, 2016 – After an increase in dryer fires over the past year, Coquitlam Fire / Rescue is reminding residents about the proper use and maintenance of clothes dryers.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the leading cause of clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them. The BC Fire Code requires that lint filters be cleaned after every dryer use, and they recommend lint removal from around the dryer drum as well.

Here are a few simple safety tips to make sure your dryer performs its best in the safest way possible:

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a qualified technician.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Ensure the dryer vent pipe is made of either rigid or flexible metal and is not damaged in order to allow proper air flow and drying time.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent cover/flap opens when the dryer is operating.
  • Once a year clean lint build-up out of the vent pipe or have a professional service technician do it for you (more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry).
  • Gas dryers should be inspected by qualified professionals to make sure the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Turn the dryer off when you leave your home or go to bed.
  • Clothes that have come into contact with flammable liquids should be laid outside to dry completely before washing and drying them in laundry machines.

Coquitlam Fire/Rescue is committed to helping residents learn more about how to keep their homes safe from fire.For information about clothes dryer fire safety or other fire prevention information, please contact the Fire Prevention Division at firerescue@coquitlam.ca or call 604-927-6433. 


Media contact:
Kim Saulnier
Fire Inspector, Fire & Life Safety Educator