Did You Know That Your Dryer Can Catch on Fire?

Fires can happen in a myriad of different ways, some of them preventable and some of them are not. We owe it to ourselves as homeowners to do what we can to prevent the ones that we can. One of the ones that can be prevented is the ones caused by clogged dryer vents. We found this article with more information that we hope will help.

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From the article:

In most homes, the clothes dryer has become an indispensable part of family living. And for families with children, laundry often seems never-ending. But, many families don’t know that clothes dryers can be a leading cause of fires in the home approximately 15,000 every year. At UL, we rigorously inspect, certify and test dryers while they are still in the factory to ensure that safety standards are met. Once you bring them home, a little preventative maintenance can keep them in good working order.

What causes fires?
One of the most common causes of dryer fires is lack of maintenance. When lint traps aren’t cleaned as often as they should be, the resulting build-up in the screen or other areas can cause the dryer to perform poorly, operate at elevated temperatures and possibly overheat ??? with dangerous consequences.

What can you do?
An important safeguard your family can take is to ensure that your dryer has rigid or flexible metal venting and ducting materials to help sustain airflow. This will also reduce operating costs and extend the life of the dryer and clothing due to lower drying temperatures.

-Clean the lint trap before and after drying each load of clothes.
-Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can be trapped.
-The interior of the dryer and venting system should be cleaned periodically by qualified service personnel. If you notice the drying time is longer, clean the vent system thoroughly to ensure proper airflow.
-Replace plastic or vinyl exhaust hoses with rigid or flexible metal venting.

Looking for more information on dryer fires? Checkout this article about dryer fires that could be of interest to you.

Read the entire article here: https://www.schmidtsecurity.com/dryer-fires-and-how-to-prevent-them/

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