A common House Fire cause and how to prevent it!
There is an unnoticed yet, all too common house fire cause, one that needs not to be overlooked. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers. Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer vent, reducing air flow to the dryer, backing up dryer exhaust gases, creating a fire hazard.
“Clothes dryers are an appliance that makes our lives easier but, we often take them for granted. We shouldn’t,” said Angie’s List founder, Angie Hicks. “We need to maintain them and most importantly have their vents cleaned.”
It is so easy to remember the things we hear about often; turn the lights off when leaving a room, don’t leave small appliances plugged in when not in use, change your oil every so many miles. But, how often do we think “WOW, it sure has been some time since I have had my dryer vent looked at!” Well, Happy Villager hasn’t overlooked this astounding reality and neither should you. If you have not had your vents inspected or professionally cleaned, NOW is the time! We have spoken with Lint Factor, LLC of The Villages, FL a premier, top of the line vent cleaning company.Lint Factor tells us they are the ONLY Company within 30 miles of The Villages, FL that has personnel that hold the HIGHEST and ONLY Nationally Recognized Certification in Dryer Vent Cleaning.
They have offered some tips for measures you can take at home to keep your dryer running hot and safe. Take a look at their video above, their attention to detail and passion for keeping you and your family safe are a necessity at your home.
Tips for Do-It-Yourself Care
Make sure the lint trap is clean either before or after a load
Keep the area behind the washer/dryer clean
Keep items off the top of your dryer to avoid clutter
Make sure the transition hose behind your dryer isn’t “sandwiched” between your wall and dryer. This could cause massive air flow reduction and quicker lint build up
Never have your washer or dryer running while you are not home or asleep. (This goes for your other appliances as well to avoid a fire).
Avoid putting garage rags that have been stained with gasoline or motor oil and aprons, dish towels, and napkins stained with cooking oil into your dryer. These items can ignite even if it’s been washed.
Also, it’s a good idea not to place anything rubber or plastic (i.e. rubber bath mats) in the dryer.
The extra lint from certain extra “fluffy” materials can block your vent fast. It’s best to wash, then dry them out on a line.
Here what ABC News had to say (Click image to watch)
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