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Clothes Dryer Safety PDF Print E-mail

Clothes Dryer SafetyDoing laundry is most likely part of your every day routine. But did you know how important taking care of your clothes dryer is to the safety of your home? With a few simple safety tips you can help prevent a clothes dryer fire.

FACT: The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them.

  • - 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 qualified 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 manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
  • - Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.


Dryers should be properly grounded.

Check the outdoor vent flap to make sure it is not covered by snow.

Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn, like boxes, cleaning supplies and clothing, etc.

Clothes that have come in contact with flammable substances, like gasoline, paint thinner, or similar solvents should be laid outside to dry, then can be
washed and dried as usual.


Incident/Fire Report Request Form PDF Print E-mail

To request a copy of your incident/fire report, please complete an Open Public Records Act request form (OPRA) and return it to the Fire Chief’s Office by faxing it to 973-744-8801, emailing it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or mailing it to the Township of Montclair Fire Department, Attention: Fire Chief’s Office, One Pine Street, Montclair, NJ 07042.

Please allow at least forty-eight (48) hours to process. Should you have further questions, please call The Montclair Fire Department at 973-509-4761.

Propane Gas Grill and Range Safety Tips PDF Print E-mail

Propane Grill Do's:

  • Always use the grill outdoors in a well-ventilated area. Do not bring propane cylinders indoors or into an enclosed space such as a garage or basement.
  • Always follow all of the manufacturer's instructions and keep written materials and manuals in a safe, accessible place.
  • Make sure the grill burner controls are turned off. Keep the cylinder valve closed when not in use.
  • Make sure the gas grill is shut off and cooled off before covering your grill after use.
Portable Generator Hazards PDF Print E-mail

A Factsheet on Portable Generator Safety

ortable generators are useful when temporary or remote electric power is needed, but they can be hazardous. The primary hazards to avoid when using them are carbon monoxide

poisoning, electric shock or electrocution, and fire. The U. S. Fire Administration (USFA) would like you to know that there are simple steps you can take to prevent the loss of life and property resulting from improper use of portable generators.


Fire Safety Checklist PDF Print E-mail

Fire Safety

1. Have you created a home evacuation plan with your family that includes two ways out of each room in the home, and a meeting place outside?

2. Is the home evacuation plan practiced two times per year?

3. Are keys for dead bolt locks available?

4. Is the furnace/fireplace/flue pipe clean and inspected annually by a professional?

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