Learn the Facts About Dryer Vent Safety Here!

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From the article:

The Facts About Dryer Vent Fires

  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a consumer product safety alert. According to the CPSC, annually there are 15,500 household fires due to dryer exhaust duct fires.
  • Annual property damage is approximately $88,000,000
  • There are approximately 400 injuries and 15 deaths each year due to dryer vent fires
  • Failure to clean the dryer vent is THE leading factor contributing to clothes dryer fires in residences
  • 80% of clothes dryers fires occur in residences

Why it is Critical to Keep Dryer Vents Clean

  • Moisture- one gallon or more of water must be disposed of for every typical load of laundry. Because of the moisture, exhausting the dryer to the outside is a must. Lack of cleaning can contribute to the growth of mold and retention of lint within the system.
  • Carbon Monoxide- Proper exhausting is of particular importance with gas dryers. In addition to moisture and lint, gas dryer ducts carry the by-products of combustion, including carbon monoxide.
  • Clogging- A lot of lint is produced in the drying process, and lint can restrict or block dryer ducts. A poorly exhausting dryer is not only less efficient, it can also be a fire hazard due to extreme flammability of lint.

Who Should Have Their Dryer Vent Cleaned?

  • Anyone who uses their dryer regularly each week and has not had it cleaned in 2 years.
  • Anyone who washes several loads of laundry every day should have the dryer vent cleaned annually.
  • Anyone who can see lint buildup in the exterior duct vent or lint preventing the closure of the exterior flapper.
  • Anyone who has dryer duct work running up through the roof or out a second story wall should have the dryer duct work cleaned annually.
  • Anyone noticing that it is taking the dryer longer and longer to dry their clothes.
  • Everyone who owns and uses a dryer!

Looking for more tips on dryer vent safety? Checkout this article and learn more important fire safety tips that could be of interest to you.

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