One appliance in your home could cause danger if not maintained properly

Raleigh County
dryer fire safety

You may think heaters in your home can cause a fire, however, dryers could cause a threat if not maintained correctly.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration about 2,900 dryer fires are reported each year. There are a few things you can do to avoid a blaze from starting in your home. Home owners should not be running their dryer while they are away from home, or sleeping. 

Capt. Greg Blevins with the Beckley Fire Department says there is one thing you should do before using your dryer.

“The most important thing is to check the lint filter. It’s not something you do once  a month or once a week, it’s everytime you use it. Most dryer fires are caused by a build-up of lint,” said Blevins.

Blevins also said most dryer fires are able to be contained to the dryer and the room it is in.

 He added this serves as a good reminder to always test the batteries in your smoke alarm, as it could save your life in the case of a fire in your home.

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