Laundry Room Fires
The dryer in the first photo has combustible cleaning products next to it and the trash can is full of lint which are both fire hazards. The laundry room in the second photo is clean, organized and the cleaning products are all up off the floor and away from the dryer, making for a safe laundry room space. There is an estimated 42 laundry room fires per year and SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County has responded to more than a few. Some are minor repairs and others are catastrophic restorations but all of them could have been prevented by proper usage and storage of all products.
Clothing left in the dryer, the way your washer and dryer machines are stored and dust or lint left in the dryer are among the many things that can easily start a fire.
-Clean your lint screen after every cycle and wash the screen once a month with hot soapy water to remove any residue.
-Do not store any combustible cleaning products near the dryer
-Never use extension cords to plug in your washer and dryer and make sure you are using the proper wattage outlet
-Never leave your dryer running when you leave the house