Preventing Dryer Fires

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Fires within the home are terrifying. They usually want to be avoided at all costs so why not take the steps to do so. A number of fires have been created by the dryer. Consumer reports states “‘Dryer fires are responsible for nine deaths, 420 civilian injuries, and $222 million in property damage annually,’ says Marty Ahrens, a spokesperson for the NFPA.” Read below on how to prevent dryer fires.

  1. Lint filter – this one is rather simple to take care of. Cleaning the lint filter should be done often. It is not something that happens once a month, in fact, to be safe, the lint filter should be cleaned every load or every other load. By cleaning the lint filter, it can not only help prevent fires, but can also help the dryer run more efficiently.
  2. Accordion Style Ducts Replacing this style of duct is beneficial. These accordion like ducts can sag which enables lint to accumulate which can trap lint on the ridges of the duct. Medal ducts are highly recommended because it has smooth walls and allows the air to flow which ultimately minimizes the possible lint build up.
  3. Clean the Dryer Ducts – When there are build ups within the venting system, the dryer will take longer to dry laundry. In addition, if there is no exhaust air coming out of the venting system, this is a good indicator that there is a blockage occurring. Before cleaning, make sure to disconnect the dryer and turn off the gas if there is a gas dryer as well. When everything is disconnected, carefully move the dryer away from the wall and begin to clear the blockage.

By following these simple steps, this can help prevent dryer fires within the home.

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