Prevent Dryer Vent Fires and Protect Your Home
Many people don’t realize that there are thousands of home fires caused every year by your clothes dryer. According to the United States Fire Administration, there are on average 2,900 every year.
It is important for people to know how to keep themselves safe from fire. With clogged dryer vents being the main cause of dryer fires, it’s important that you keep yours clean.
Each year dryer fires are responsible for thousands of fires, 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property losses.
- There are around 81 million houses in the US where clothes dryers can be found.
- A full stack of wet cloths contains about half a gallon of water, as the water is removed the lint separated from the cloths and is evaporated from the vent.
- One of the most expensive appliance to use in the house is the clothes dryer.
What causes a dryer fire?
Over time, your dryer vent can fill up with lint that makes it through the dryer’s filter. Usually, the fire will occur when the lint builds up in the dryer or the exhaust duct. The collected lint can result in the blockage of the air flow that can cause a heat build up and cause the highly flammable lint to catch fire.
Safety tips to reduce the risk of dryer Fires
Clean the Dryer vent and exhaust duct
It is important to check that the air is escaping the exhaust if it is not doing what it is supposed to that means the vent or duct may be blocked. You will be required to disconnect the dryer with the duct from the dryer and reconnect the duct to the dryer and outside vent before using it again.
Turn the dryer off when you leave the house: it is always a clever idea to turn of the dryer before you go out of the house because just in case if there is a malfunction, no one will be there for prevent the tragedy.
Clean the lint screen/filter before or after drying each load of clothes
If clothing is still damp at the end of a typical drying cycle or drying requires longer times than normal this may be a sign that the screen or the exhaust duct is blocked.
Related Post: BENEFITS OF AIR PURIFIERS
How do you stop a dryer fire?
1. Fire extinguisher – it is important to have a fire extinguisher in the house in case of an emergency. Some people do keep a fire extinguisher in their kitchen, but some well prepared homeowners will keep one in or near the laundry room.
There are 5 types of fire extinguishers available for consumer use: Water, wet chemical, foam, dry powder, and carbon dioxide. They all have graphics on them to communicate what kind of fires they’re intended to put out. They also have a letter designation to indicate the types of fires they can be used on.
2. Fire blanket – A fire blanket is made up of wool and is designed to smother the fire. It comes with a wall mountable package that makes it easy to pull out in an emergency.
More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.