You have probably seen or heard media articles recently that indicate that clothes dryers represent a significant fire risk, and you may be worried about just how safe your dryer is…..

Well, the good news is that it is not as bad as all the hype would have you believe. The chance of a dryer bursting into flames is very minimal, so there is no need to panic. This is not to say however that there are not simple steps you can take to minimise the risk to you.

The first thing to look at is the filter. It is recommended that you clean your filter every time you use the dryer, and replace it every year. If you don’t keep the filter clean, lint can build up, and get into the heating element. This is what gives the dryer that dusty smell when you use it, and also what creates the greatest risk of fire. When you clean the filter, check for any damage or ripping. If it looks at all damaged, replace it.

Most modern Dryers have a filter located at the front of the dryer under the door. On Older Hoover and Fisher & Paykel dryers, the filter is located on the door, and is a mesh type, and early Simpson dryers have the filter inside on the back of the drum. They will either be mesh or foam. All dryer filters pull out easily for cleaning.

If you are concerned that there may already be a build up of lint in your dryer, you can have it serviced. The process should just involve pulling the back off and thoroughly cleaning out all the lint. It is recommended you get a serviceman to do this work if required.

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