How to Prevent Dryer Fires
According to the National Fire Protection Association, over 10,000 home fires begin in the laundry room annually. (based on averages in recent years). 70% of the fires are directly related to the dryer caused by a failure to clean accumulation of lint build up.
Tips on Preventing Dryer Fires
- You should clean out your lint screens before or after every load.
- You should inspect vent pipes, this is the space behind the dryer, and ducts outside your home to ensure that lint isn’t building up and choking the venting system.
- When ever you are drying clothes you should always be present in the home. Never ever leave the home with the dryer on.
- If laundry loads are taking longer to dry, it may be an indication the vents are blocked from lint buildup or possibly a birds nest or other outside obstruction.
- Have the dryer duct and venting serviced on a regular basis (check your owners manual for maintenance if applicable or contact the manufacturer).
- Make sure the exhaust opening outside has covering to keep elements out. Do not use make shift covers made of wire screen or cloth.
- Replace lint filter and or lint screen if it has a tear or is showing considerable wear.
- Keep your laundry room clean like the rest of your home.
When was the last time you had your dryer vent cleaned? If you don’t know when the last time you had your vent serviced, it’s a good idea to get it done sooner than later.
ServiceLive recommends contacting a professional to clean dryer vents.