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Prevent Your Clothes Dryer From Becoming  a Fire Hazard

Clogged dryers cause fires!Did you know?

  • Clothes dryers are the #1 major appliance cause of fires.
  • The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates there are 15,500 clothes dryer fires each year in the U.S. amounting to $96,000,000 in estimated property damage.
  • There were 310 injuries including 10 deaths last year due to dryer fires.
  • The CPSC recommends that inside dryer chamber and dryer vents be cleaned by a professional once a year for a family of four.
  • The lint filter should be cleaned after each use and transparent when held up to the light.
  • Dryer venting should be all metal and vented to the outside only!
  • Crawl spaces, attics and living spaces should not be used for dryer exhaust.

Are you noticing any of the following warning signs?

  • Slow dry time
  • Dryer shutting off before cycle has ended
  • Flapper vent not opening when dryer is on
  • Burning smell
  • Dusty laundry area

Lack of maintenance is the leading cause of dryer fires, and LINT is the leading material to ignite. Dryer fires can be caused by insufficient airflow and lint build-up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Reduced airflow and lint build-up cause overheating of the exhaust environment, demanding excessive cycling of the high temperature limits switch and eventual failure. Overheated clothes dryers can cause fires. Fires can spread to the wall or other combustible materials through the plastic hose melting and the lint inside igniting.

The use of proper venting materials is the first step to ensure safe and efficient dryer operation. Avoid flexible plastic venting material which is combustible. To achieve optimal air-flow and reduce lint build-up use the shortest distance with all-metal dryer venting material.

Call 1-856-220-4638 for an appointment today!