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Dryer Vent Safety

Posted on July 22, 2013
by Susana Escamilla

 

“Fires caused by dryer vent lint are one of the biggest causes of residential fires”.

There are two ways that you can tell if something is wrong with the dryer:

1. If you have a big load of clothing that has been drying for 1 hour and is still not dry.

2. If your clothes at the end of the drying cycle feels hotter than usual.

Based on a report by The U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to fire departments each year. While house hunting be informed of the last time the dryer vents were cleaned out and request the dryer vents and ducts be cleaned out before you purchase your home. If you live in an apartment, you share the dryer with different individuals. If your clothes are still wet after being in the dryer for an hour or the clothes feel extremely hotter than normal let your manager know.

These precautions can also be used if you are traveling or you own a hotel. Several hotels offer laundry service. Use the same precautions and if your customer feels that their clothes were not properly dried, there could be a problem with your dryers. It is important to clean the filter after every cycle in order to decrease dryer vent fires. Even after one cleans the filter of a dryer, lint can accumulate and reduce airflow and can create a potential fire hazard. All the dust that accumulates over time and not maintaining the dryer machine can over heat and cause a fire. It is important for the vents and ducts to be cleaned out so air can flow and keep the dryer cool.

If you are not sure if your dryer is working properly or have not maintained and cleaned out the vents and ducts of your dryer contact a professional. Air-tek can help you by cleaning the vents and ducts of your dryers. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more tips on fire safety and of our services.

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