Dryer Fire Prevention
Most people underestimate the importance of keeping your dryer ducts clean. Doing so can keep your dryer running smoothly and efficiently. If your clothes take longer than normal to dry, it might be because the vents are clogged with lint and are not working to their full potential.
Along with making the machine inefficient, clogged ducts are a serious fire hazard. There are nearly 13,000 dryer fires reported in the United States each year. In some cases, damages from flames and smoke were estimated at $70,000. Failure to clean out vents causes over 70% of fires. You can take a few simple steps to prevent a fire.
-Flexible dryer hoses should be replaced every 1-2 years
-Lint can gather behind the dryer and inside the metal jacket of the dryer.
Periodically vacuum in and around the unit to keep it clear of lint.
-For permenant hose attachments, such as those inside the walls of your house, have a serviceman clean them every year.
-NEVER put oily rags into the dryer. Store these items far from your dryer unit.
-Keep all flamable chemicals away from the dryer
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