Meaningful Modifications to Make to Your Parent’s Laundry Area to Help Prevent Fires

October 6, 2016

Elder Care in Suffolk NY

Each year thousands of homes and even lives are lost to fires that occur in the laundry room. While washing and drying laundry seems like one of the most mundane of household tasks, being aware of the possible risk associated with it is critical to protecting your aging parent’s home, property, and safety from this potentially devastating situation.

October 9 through 15 is Fire Prevention Week. During this week, focus your caregiver energy on understanding the different fire-related risks throughout your parent’s home so that you can make meaningful modifications and take steps to minimize their risk and improve their safety.


Use these tips to help prevent fires in your aging parent’s laundry room:

Make sure the dryer is installed properly. Improper installation can lead to lint, dust, and even clothing get caught in the dryer, potentially leading to fire.

Remove lint after each load. Every time that you use the dryer, make sure that you remove all lint from the lint tray. This allows the air to flow through properly and removes fuel that could alight if there is a spark.

Clean residue from the filter. Many households use liquid fabric softener without realizing the impact that it can have on the dryer. These products can leave an invisible residue on the lint filter that can prevent the flow of air through it. Clean this filter regularly to remove this residue.

Remove clogs promptly. If a clog occurs somewhere in the dryer system, make sure that it is handled promptly and effectively. Consider having a professional come in to manage the cleaning to ensure that it is thorough and safe.

Replace ductwork. If your aging parent’s dryer is still using plastic or coiled ductwork, replace it immediately with non-ribbed metal ducting. This helps to prevent the buildup of dust, lint, and other particles that could catch on fire.


Elder care can be an extremely valuable step in helping your aging parent to stay safer and healthier as they age in place. An elderly home care services provider can step in to fill any care gaps that might exist in the efforts that you are able to provide so that you are then able to focus your attention and energy more fully on the aspects that you can fulfill. Their personalized approach to your parent’s care, support, and encouragement is designed to manage your parent’s individual set of challenges, limitations, risks, and needs in a way that is compatible with their personality, individuality, beliefs, thoughts, opinions, and personal goals for their future. This means that they are able to live a quality of life that is healthy, safe, comfortable, and happy throughout their later years. When it comes to helping your parent to avoid serious risks such as home fires, a care provider can be there with your senior to guide them through making healthier, safer decisions, avoid potentially dangerous actions, and take steps to manage situations promptly and effectively to minimize risk and response properly should a dangerous issue occur.


If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Suffolk, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!





Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Director of Client Services at Star One Home Care
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

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