Clothes Dryers Safety

In 2006, an estimated 17,700 reported U.S. non-confined or confined home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines (including combination washer/dryers) resulted in an estimated: 15 civilian deaths, 360 civilian injuries and $194 million in direct property damage.


 Leading Items First Ignited in Non-Confined Fires Involving Clothes Washer or Clothes Dryer, 2003-2006

Dryer Fires –

  • Clothing  –  30%
  • Dust, Fiber, or Lint  -27%
  • Unclassified soft goods or clothing  –  10%

Washers Fires

  • Wire or cable insulation  –  29%
  • Appliance housing or casing  –  21%
  • Drive or other belt  -18%

  •  Most (81%) non-confined home structure fires involving washers or dryers began in a laundry room or area.
  • Most of these home fires involve clothes dryers (92% in 2003-2006).
  • The risk of fire is slightly higher for gas-fueled clothes dryers than for electric-powered clothes dryers.
  • The leading cause (29% of fires) of home clothes dryer and washer fires was failure to clean.

 Nine Safety Tips

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  • Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  • Follow the manufacturers operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.

Officers Duties and Responsibilities

Community association officers typically serve at the pleasure of the board in carrying out specific duties. Here is a checklist of the major responsibilities of the officers:

President:

  • Chief executive officer and leader of the association
  • Presides at all meetings of the board and membership
  • Executes legal documents on behalf of the association
  • Sets meeting agendas and controls all meetings
  • Represents the board before the residents
  • May have nominating, if not appointment, responsibility for all committees

Vice President:

  • Performs all of the duties of the president in his or her absence
  • Typically shares some of the burden of the president regarding appearances, liaison, public hearings,etc.
  • Usually assigned liaison responsibility to specific staff or contractors and to specific committees

Secretary:

  • Prepares and distributes board and membership meeting agendas, minutes and materials referred to in minutes
  • Maintains minutes book on all meetings
  • Maintains book of resolutions
  • Maintains all official records, including official correspondence, contracts, membership roster, etc.
  • Receives, verifies and maintains all proxies
  • Attests, by signature, to the legitimacy of certain documents

Treasurer:

  • Work with appropriate staff, contractors and committees to develop and submit annual operating budget for approval
  • Maintains adequate roster of all association financial transactions
  • Maintains roster of delinquent accounts and recommends action regarding collections
  • Receipt and disbursement of funds, as authorized
  • Prepares periodic financial reports
  • Arranges, subject to board approval, an independent audit of financial affairs