Did you know June is National Home Safety month? Every year, the National Safety Council encourages businesses, individuals and organizations to educate themselves and others about the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths.
Excessive lint build up in the dryer can cause a fire. According to a recent FEMA study, 28% of residential dryer fires were caused by dust, fiber and lint. Annually, there is an estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires causing an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property loss.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission released an important To-Do list that will help keep your family safe from a dryer vent fire!
Here's What To Do:
- Clean the lint screen/filter before or after drying each load of clothes. If clothing is still damp at the end of a typical drying cycle, or drying requires longer times than normal, this may be a sign that the lint screen or the exhaust duct is blocked.
- Cleaning the dryer vent thoroughly can help reduce the risk of a fire.
- Make sure the technician checks the outside dryer vent while the dryer is operating to guarantee exhaust air is escaping. If it is not, the vent or the exhaust duct may be blocked. To remove a blockage in the exhaust path, it may be necessary to disconnect the exhaust duct from the dryer. Remember to reconnect the ducting to the dryer and outside vent before using the dryer again.
- Clean behind the dryer, where lint can build up. Have a qualified technician clean the interior of the dryer chassis periodically to minimize the amount of lint accumulation.
- Replace plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting material with rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct.
- Keep the area around the dryer clean and free of clutter.
- To prevent clothes from igniting after drying, do not leave the dried clothes in the dryer.
More info? Call AdvantaClean 877-800-2382 to schedule an appointment for a professional
dryer vent cleaning.
Also, read about how sticky softener can stop up the lint filter in our Healthy Home and Business Tips Blog!