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Hull Town Hall
253 Atlantic Ave., Hull, MA 02045

Town Hall Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday - Closed

Tel: 781-925-2000
Fax: 781-925-0224
Clothes Dryer Fire Safety

 Clothes dryer do’s

• Have your clothes dryer installed by a professional.

• Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry. Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up.

 •  In addition, clean the lint filter with a nylon brush at least every six months or more often if it becomes clogged.

• Clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months.

• Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted.

• Put a covering on outside wall dampers to keep out rain, snow and dirt.

• Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on.

• Have your dryer cleaned regularly by a professional, especially if it is taking longer than normal for clothes to dry.

• Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic venting with rigid, non-ribbed metal duct.

• Have gas-powered dryers inspected every year by a professional to ensure that the gas line and connection are together and free of leaks.

• Check regularly to make sure nests of small animals and insects are not blocking the outside vent.

• Make sure the correct electrical plug and outlet are used and that the dryer is connected properly.

• Read manufacturersIf you will be away from home for an extended time, unplug or disconnect the dryer.

  instructions and warnings in use and care manuals that come with new dryers.

• Keep the area around the clothes dryer free of items that can burn.

Clothes dryer don't's

• Don't use a clothes dryer without a lint filter or with a lint filter that is loose, damaged or clogged.

• Don't overload the dryer.

• Don't use a wire screen or cloth to cover the wall damper. They can collect lint and clog the dryer vent.

• Don't dry anything containing foam, rubber or plastic. An example of an item not to place in a dryer is a bathroom rug with a rubber backing.

• Don't dry any item for which manufacturers' instructions state “dry away from heat.”

• Don't dry glass fiber materials (unless manufacturers' instructions allow).

• Don't dry items that have come into contact with anything flammable like alcohol, cooking oils or gasoline. Dry them outdoors or in a well-ventilated room, away from heat.

• Don't leave a clothes dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed.