Some Scary Facts You Might Need To Consider
By Alice Henry
March 6, 2017 11:43am CST
Did you know that “Dryers…start about 6,000 home fires every year?” The cause can be a defective dryer or excess LINT that was never cleaned out. AARP Bulletin says: “Check the lint traps after EVERY load,” and remove the lint. In the same AARP Bulletin (April 2016) I read this: “Lawn Mowers…cause some 80,000 injuries each year.” The article suggested that you “wear sturdy shoes and eye protection and check your yard for stones and other debris that can be thrown by your mower.” 80,000 is a BIG number. This article also mentioned “blenders” with “9,000 blender injuries in 2014.” And “toasters” which “cause thousands of fires – including several fatal ones – each year…” I always unplug my toaster after I use it. And I always make sure the lint is removed from the dryer after each load. FIRE is something that really scares me. AARP Bulletins have lots of safety suggestions. I usually read all the articles that I can. Another article in the same magazine mentioned putting a Carbon Monoxide alarm on each floor of your dwelling. And, to “test for mold… every three to five years.” And to kill dust mites on your pillow, it said to “place a pillow in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for 24 hours…” I had never heard of doing that before. This would be especially important for those who have allergies. This article said that “around 18,000 Americans die every year from accidental injuries in their homes. Almost 38,000 older adults annually are treated in emergency rooms just for tripping over carpets and rugs.” I thought this information was important enough to share. I hope you take it to heart. Be safe not sorry.
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6 Mar 17
My toaster is unplugged whenever it isn't in use, and I only run the dryer while I am home. Once I opened it up and it was smoking because the dryer sheet got caught on the heating element in the back. I unplugged it and made sure things were good before I ever started it again. I always empty the lint out after every load, even if there is only a trace amount there. I was even pulling the battery out of my laptop recently, just because I got cautious of it.