The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates an annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths and 10 injuries are due to clothes dryer fires. Several hundred people a year are also subjected to carbon monoxide poisoning from improper dryer vent setups. The financial costs come to nearly $100,000,000 per year. In some cases faulty appliances are to blame, but many of these fires can be prevented with proper clothes dryer venting and cleaning.
In the past, clothes dryers were frequently installed in the basement. But in today’s newer homes, they are usually installed in bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and hall closets, away from outside walls. These new locations mean clothes dryers need to be vented longer distances, with sharp turns and bends. This in turn creates more places for lint to gather, increasing the risk of a fire.
The best possible setup is dryer duct venting that is short and straight. A dryer vent booster, while not ideal, can improve your dryer venting in cases where the venting is longer and/or has more bends than it should. In addition to creating a fire hazard, if the venting is too long or has too many bends, it will cause your dryer to take much longer than necessary to dry loads.
By keeping your dryer clean and free of lint you will you significantly reduce the fire hazard, as well as save money since your dryer will run more efficiently and last longer. Other ways to protect your home from fire hazard is cleaning the lint trap in your dryer after each load. On a periodic basis, use a lint brush or vacuum attachment to remove the lint that has accumulated under the lint trap and other accessible places.
And depending upon your usage of your clothes dryer, you should have your dryer taken apart and thoroughly cleaned out by a qualified service technician every 1 to 3 years. Our qualified staff of technicians are happy to assist.
Taking care of your clothes dryer is an essential way to protect your home from fire hazards. Make an appointment today.