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Prevent Fire: Clean Your Dryer Vent!

Posted on October 11, 2012
by Wendy Stackhouse

 

It’s National Fire Prevention Week and a good time to think about the things we can all do to prevent house fires from destroying our biggest asset and our irreplaceable personal property.

Statistically, most house fires start in the kitchen. But you would never leave the house with the stove on on purpose, would you?

How many times have you started the dryer and then gone out to do errands? I know I’ve done it plenty of times but no more!

There are almost 3000 dryer fires every year in the US and most of those fires are caused by lint built up in the dryer vent and duct causing the dryer to overheat and ignite this highly combustible material.

We are all used to cleaning out the lint filter in the dryer.  I don’t know about you, but my dryer won’t heat up if the lint filter is full and that can put a real crimp in my schedule, especially if the kids need a particular outfit dry for school or a party.

When was the last time you cleaned out your dryer vent and duct?

Here is a video about dryer vent fires from The Today Show. Note that they recommend having your dryer vent and duct professionally cleaned once a year. We agree!

If it’s been more than a year since you had your dryer vent and duct cleaned out, the time has come. Contact AirTek and one of our team of professionals will put your mind at ease! Click here for a live chat with one of our knowledgeable representatives.

And don’t be a dryer vent fire statistic! Get the lint out!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek and our parent company, Alliance Environmental Group, which offers residential and commercial cleaning, pest control, demolition, structural pasteurization and many other environmental services. Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter for more updates on indoor air challenges!

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