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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-08-2003, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
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What a Sunday! Home fire to cap it!

What an unbelievible Sunday. Felt like shit all week and was kinda feeling better yesterday and we had a little get together for my daughters Birthday (2 Years) and it turned out real nice.

Well the day was going good and before we went to bed last night the wife has some clothes in the washer that was finished and needed drying. (Mind you i NEVER allow her to turn on the dish washer or washer or dryer to run when we are not home (safety conscious me ) Well last night she puts the clothes in the dryer and comes back up stairs as we watch the news. She asks as she comes in the living room "Whats that smell?" i did'nt smell anything till i got to the staircase and then i did. I rushed downstairs to find the dryer on fire! I grabbed the fire extinguisher just in time cause the fire just began to come out from underneath and up the back! 2 quick squirts of dry chem and fire was out. Basically the small blanket in the dryer got wedged inbetween the drum and the "inside" of the unit and i guess the coils ignited the blanket which inturn ignited the lint and WOW!

Pretty scary on what COULD OF HAPPEN. It ignited and once the lint on the floor under and around caught it was FAST! Thank God i have fire extinguishers in almost every room of the house! 5 minutes and it would of gotten REAL BAD.


Not to write a story but ALL MEMBERS READ THIS AND TAKE WARNING...If you do not have readily availible fire extinguishers I suggest you get some! It only took me 30 seconds to get mine and in that 30 seconds i went from glowing to full flames up the back of the dryer.

I offer this to any member------If you want a fire extinguisher for your home let me know. I have a "SURPLUS" of 5 and 10 Lb A-B-C dry chem extinguishers. I recommend you take me up on this. The old saying an ounce of prevention is worth a POUND of cure is true. When i think of my 2 kids sleeping and then my toys it scared the hell out of me.

Hope none of you experience this..................

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Scary dude, Ive got a few mounted around the house also. very important.




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Oh yeah.........Anyone got a good deal on an electric dryer?

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I am glad you had an stinguisher handy and that nothing happened. I also have an stinguisher available in a central location in the house, and a back up one in the kitchen... I am going to check it out today and make sure that they are functioning. Thank God nothing happened. Good thinkin Kelly.

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I currently have 3 extinguishers in the laundry, kitchen and garage. I used to never keep them around but at my old condo there were 3 large ones on each level of the stairwell.

I'll probably end up adding at least one more for the utility room.

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More importantly - MAKE SURE YOU CLEAN THE LINT TRAP AFTER EVERY USE, and also periodically pull the dryer out and suck/wipe down any lint buildup that might have accumulated on the walls etc.

Lint Kills.

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More importantly - MAKE SURE YOU CLEAN THE LINT TRAP AFTER EVERY USE, and also periodically pull the dryer out and suck/wipe down any lint buildup that might have accumulated on the walls etc.

Lint Kills.
Tonight, I'm going to clean the dryer out! And check my fire extinguishers too. This thread has freaked me out

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Good job of extigushing! I'm glad you got it early. I just picked up 2 and they were only $10.00 each, you got me thinking about a 3rd.

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Good response time Kelly!

I have 4 extinguishers. The biggest being in the garage and the others located here and there.

I just bought a wood burning stove and put a extinguisher in the corner next to it. Then I thought. If that stove lets loose and starts a fire, I wont be able to get to that extinguisher.

My .02 to all is to play out all possible scenarios for a fire, then make sure the best/safest access point for the extinguisher is where you keep it!


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dam dude, glad you got to it in time, thats scary!



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My parents had a dryer fire. The belt broke and once it quits tumbling it can set your clothes on fire. Hope you didn't burn up all your undies, it's getting cold outside. Glad everything is OK.

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Labdog are you gonna do the laundry now too?


Glad you caught it in time.


Another hazard to look out for is space heaters. And dont use any extension cord not rated for the amps your using.
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Thanks for the tip - think we have one unde the sink - I'll double-check.

As far as new Electric Dryer - You may want to switch to gas if you have the hook-ups - more efficient.

Funny - just last friday our Clothes washer just gave out & now we got to get a new one of those !!

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gotta agree. We have Extinguishers in the Garage, Kitchen and in our Master Bathroom. Easy access from anywhere in the house. BTW another tip. Be sure to check them every year.

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Oh yeah.........Anyone got a good deal on an electric dryer?
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Funny - just last friday our Clothes washer just gave out & now we got to get a new one of those !!
Sounds like the two of you should join in this discussion:

https://www.chicagolandsportbikes.com...threadid=12007

Earlier this year, my transmission on my washer leaked, spilling transmission fluid on the belt causing it to snap. Repair guy said if this happens again, don't bother to repair it, just get a new one.

Later, when I got about 2 inches of water in the basement in that flooding that hit the NW side on that Sunday in August, my dryer's electronic igniter got fried. When the repairman gave me the estimate (I wasn't about to take the entire dryer apart myself to fix it, I'm the type that will cause more damage repairing it myself), I just told him to go home, I'll get a new dryer. Both were GE, and I'm not buying any more GE appliances if I can help it.

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And my GF wonders why I dont like her running the dryer while we're out. I'll just have her read this thread...then she'll know.

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Good save Kelly. Got me thinkin' now that we're having our house built how many I'll be buying for the home as well. Thanks man. and glad everthing , minus the dryer, was ok.

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Guess I won't be throwin clothes in the dryer as I head out the door anymore...Glad to hear everything is OK and thanks for the heads up.
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Well i bought a new dryer--$400. FRIGGIN' BUCKS!!
Put down fresh linoleum, washed the walls, cieling, and fresh paint. Also new sliding doors and vent piping.

After really inspecting the burned dryer it truly was a freak accident so even if you keep the cleanest dryer and lint free surroundings it can still happen!!

I am just SO EXTREMELY HAPPY i had a fire extinguisher within 5 feet. I swear from a glowing to a full flame up the back in under 20 SECONDS! Unreal!

Do yourself a favor and just check your "lint" situation and get an extinguisher. Especially now that the "DRY" season is upon us. I have a feeling alot of you already have and by no means do i ever recommend leaving the dryer running when you are not at home......


Be safe...........Not Sorry like i could have been. Think about everything you stand to lose if you had a severe fire.

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I'm like you, don't like to leave electrical appliences unattended. Good you caught it in time.

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