Cleaning Your Dryer Vent is Good Fire Prevention: Act Now!

Most San Diego area homeowners are familiar with common household fire hazards: cooking (the number one hazard), candles and smoking, and electrical or heating hazards. Many homeowners, however, are surprised to learn about an additional common hazard: the clothes dryer.

According to the latest Consumer Product Safety Commission’s fire report, clothes dryers account for 5,100 fires each year—at a cost of 10 deaths, 180 injuries, and $80.1 million in property loss!

The Chimney Safety Institute of Americabelieves “the true number is under-reported, as many [fires] occur inside the machine and self-extinguish, unbeknownst to the user” [Source].

It is relatively easy to remember to extinguish cooking and candle flames—or cigarettes. Electrical fire hazards can be limited by replacing faulty wiring and avoiding overloaded circuits and outlets. Common sense deters most heating hazards: Do not place flammable objects near heating equipment! Yet most homeowners fail to take precautions to avoid dryer fires.

So how can you avoid this common household fire hazard?

The leading cause of dryer fires is a failure to clean lint and other debris from the dryer and its component parts. Unfortunately, most dryer build-up is “out of sight, out of mind.”

As Angie Hick’s, of Angie’s List, notes, “lint builds up in more places than most homeowners realize. It’s in the lint trap housing, the interior dryer duct, the dryer vent and even the dryer itself.”

Read: Dryer vent cleaning prevents lint buildup and reduces fire hazard risk

Angie discourages a DIY approach, which can make the problem worse, especially “if the homeowner inadvertently compacts some of the lint, which can create a blockage.”

A professional duct cleaning company, like the San Diego areas’ number one duct cleaning business, G&G Indoor Air Services, is better equipped to clean all components of the dryer, including the lint trap, dryer duct, and dryer vent. To learn more, call today:

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