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Safety tips when using your dryer to prevent overheating and fire

For many Queensland households, the clothes dryer is an essential appliance, but like any household appliance, it can pose a risk of fire if not used correctly. In Queensland, there were 20 clothes dryer-related fires in 2022, according to Fire and Rescue Queensland. To ensure the safety of your home and family, here are some essential safety tips to follow when using your dryer:

Clean the lint filter after every use

Regularly cleaning the lint filter after each use of your dryer is a vital safety measure to prevent fires. Lint buildup is a common cause of dryer fires, so be sure to remove any lint from the filter before each load. Also, clean the dryer vent at least once a year to remove any accumulated lint inside.

Don’t overload the dryer

Overloading the dryer increases the risk of overheating and can cause a fire. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended load size and avoid overloading your dryer. If your clothes are still damp after the cycle, it’s better to run them through an additional cycle than to overload the dryer.

Don’t leave the dryer unattended

Don’t leave your dryer running unattended, especially when you’re not at home. This reduces the risk of a fire starting while no one is around to respond to it. If you need to run the dryer overnight, use a timer to turn it off after the cycle is complete.

Keep the area around the dryer clear

Clear any clutter or debris around your dryer and keep it free of flammable materials like clothing or cleaning supplies. Keeping the area around your dryer clear reduces the risk of a fire starting or spreading.

In conclusion, following these safety tips when using your dryer can help reduce the risk of fires in your home. Remember to clean the lint filter after every use, avoid overloading the dryer, don’t leave it unattended and keep the area around the dryer clear. Stay safe while enjoying the convenience of your clothes dryer.


Fire and Rescue Queensland. (2022). Annual Statistical Review 2021-2022. Retrieved from https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/community-safety/publications/Documents/FS/2022/QFES-ASR-2021-2022.pdf

Fire and Rescue Queensland. (2022). Clothes Dryer Safety. Retrieved from https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/community-safety/fire-prevention/pages/home-fire-safety/clothes-dryer-safety.aspx


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