What causes a house fire? Common culprits include exposed wiring, unsupervised candles, and a faulty stove. Unbeknownst to most homeowners, a dirty dryer vent can also lead to a fire. We’ll explain the hazards of an uncleaned dryer vent and how it’s a common contributor of residential fires.
Dryer Vents as a Fire Hazard
Dirty dryer vents contribute to about 5000 U.S. house fires every year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This happens when a clogged dryer vent causes the appliance to overheat.
Is your dryer vent at risk? We compiled a list of warning signs that your dryer vent is clogged and may potentially be a fire starter.
- Your laundry does not completely dry after a full normal cycle
- Your laundry feels warmer than usual after a drying cycle
- You find exorbitant amounts of lint in the dryer after a cycle
- You find excessive amounts of lint in the lint trapper after a cycle
How to Prevent a Dryer Vent-Induced Fire
- Clean your dryer vent along with the air ducts at least once a year
- Clean the lint filter after every drying cycle. Replace the filter if you see a wax-like substance accumulating on the lint screen.
- Never operate the dryer before exiting the house. Dryer fires can break out and quickly spread if the appliance is unattended.
- Do not place clothing into the dryer that has been in contact with flammable liquids. A shirt smeared with cooking oil can catch fire if it’s in a dryer that’s overheating.
Have Your Dirty Dryer Vent Cleaned by a Professional
As mentioned, schedule a dryer vent cleaning once a year or if the appliance shows any of the described symptoms. Aurora Edmonds Furnace Cleaning cleans residential dryers and furnaces in the Greater Snohomish area. A dirty dryer vent is a fire hazard and puts your family and property at risk.
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