5 Easy Ways to Prevent Dryer Fires in Your Home

Dryer FiresWhen doing your laundry, one of the last things you make expect to take place are dryer fires. However, you’d be surprised how often this actually happens. According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 1 in every 22 house fires per year are caused by a clothes dryer.  Another study conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that there are about 15,500 dryer fires per year as well as several deaths, injuries, and exposure to carbon monoxide. Luckily, there are easy steps you can take to make sure you do not become one of these statistics. Here are our best tips to preventing dryer fires and making your home a safer place to be.

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How are Dryer Fires Caused?

As you may already know, clothes dryers can accumulate a large amount of lint in just a single load of laundry. Lint is a highly combustible material and the culprit in cases of dryer fires. If not removed from the vents properly, they will ignite and set your machinery ablaze.

5 of the Best Ways to Keep Dryer Fires at Bay

  1. Remove Lint

As previously stated, almost every single one of home dryer fires is caused by lint.  Most people assume that their lint trap catches all of it, but this is a misconception. Lint can build up inside the dryer, on the heating element, and in other nooks and crannies where it is susceptible to catching fire.  Don’t just clean your lint trap every time you put in a load of clothes. Instead, do a thorough check of your dryer first.  

  1. Use Metal Materials in Ducts and Vents

What material is your dryer duct?  If it’s a foil or plastic duct, you should probably consider having them replaced with metal vents.  These flexible ducts can easily accumulate lint in their many bends and ridges.  However, metal ducts are more reliable.  They won’t wrinkle or sag, so you are much less likely to have large lint buildups.  

  1. Check the Airflow of Vents

Always make sure your vents are lint free and air is flowing uninhibited.  It also needs to vent to the exterior and the exterior only. Venting to the attic or crawlspace is highly dangerous.

  1. Clean Your Dryer Regularly

Every year or so, you should have a professional completely take apart your dryer and clean each and every piece.  Not only will this prevent dryer house fires but it will also elongate the lifespan of your appliance!

  1. Never Leave Your Dryer Unattended

Last, but certainly not least, don’t toss a load of wet clothes into your dryer and run off to the grocery store, leaving your dryer running in an empty home.  Be sure to only run your dryer when someone is at home, so if the inevitable happens, someone can fix the situation as swiftly as possible.

ServiceMaster of Charleston is Here to Help!

We understand that accidents happen, and we want to be there for you to help when they do!  Call ServiceMaster of Charleston, SC, for all your cleaning and disaster restoration needs.  From mold outbreaks to fire and smoke damage, our services are always available, 24/7 every day of the year.  Don’t hesitate when disaster strikes. Call us immediately to demand the yellow van!

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