Facts about Home Clothes Dryer Fires

2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them (34 percent).

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More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, it is important for community residents to know the steps they can take to stay safe from fire. Put these fire safety messages into your own words when talking to people about clothes dryer fire safety.

Clothes Dryer Dos:
Installation
• Have your clothes dryer installed by a professional.
• Make sure the correct electrical plug and outlet are used and that the dryer is connected properly.
• Read manufacturers’ instructions and warnings in use and care manuals that come with new dryers.

Cleaning
• Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry. Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up. In addition, clean the lint filter with a nylon brush at least every six months or more often if it becomes clogged.
• Clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months.
• Have your dryer cleaned regularly by a professional, especially if it is taking longer than normal for clothes to dry.

Maintenance
• Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted.
• Put a covering on outside wall dampers to keep out rain, snow and dirt.
• Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on.
• Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic venting with rigid, non-ribbed metal duct.
• Have gas-powered dryers inspected every year by a professional to ensure that the gas line and connection are together and free of leaks.
• Check regularly to make sure nests of small animals and insects are not blocking the outside vent.
• Keep the area around the clothes dryer free of items that can burn.
• If you will be away from home for an extended time, unplug or disconnect the dryer.

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Clothes dryer DONTs:
• Don’t use a clothes dryer without a lint filter or with a lint filter that is loose, damaged or clogged.
• Don’t overload the dryer.
• Don’t use a wire screen or cloth to cover the wall damper. They can collect lint and clog the dryer vent.
• Don’t dry anything containing foam, rubber or plastic. An example of an item not to place in a dryer is a bathroom rug with a rubber backing.
• Don’t dry any item for which manufacturers’ instructions state, “dry away from heat.”
• Don’t dry glass fiber materials (unless manufacturers’ instructions allow).
• Don’t dry items that have come into contact with anything flammable like alcohol, cooking oils or gasoline. Dry them outdoors or in a well-ventilated room, away from heat.
• Don’t leave a clothes dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed.

Source: FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration

Aeroseal Solutions can provide you with clean and safe air ducts and dryer vents. Our team of specialists consists of NADCA-certified experts who strive to provide you with premium customer service and expert ductwork solutions. To schedule a cleaning for your dryer vents, contact Aspen Air Duct Cleaning today at 800-931-6653 or info@aspenenvironmentalservices.com

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Decrease Risk of House Fire with Clean Dryer Vents from Aeroseal Solutions

Dryer vent fires are the number-one fire-related accident in U.S. homes, causing over 15,000 house fires every year. Based on this sobering statistic, it’s obvious that U.S. consumers need to become more educated about the need for regular dryer vent cleaning.

At Aeroseal Solutions, we offer this service to our customers because we understand the importance of incorporating this critical safety step into every homeowner’s home maintenance routine.

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Our Dryer Vent Cleaning Process

When you hire us, we will:

  • Inspect your current vents
  • Use our top-of-the-line cleaning tools to remove lint, dust, and debris
  • Test and double check to ensure your dryer ducts are safe for use
  • Clean our area to ensure we leave your home just as we left it

How Often To Clean Dryer Vents

If you are like many families, you use your dryer quite frequently-especially if you have children! With average usage, lint, dust, and debris build up in your vents, which could be dangerous. When you turn on your dryer, the heat could cause this debris to catch fire.

With average use, you should schedule a cleaning about every two years.

If you notice your clothes are taking longer than normal to dry, you may have to schedule a cleaning earlier.

If you are unsure if it’s time to schedule a cleaning, call the experts at Aeroseal Solutions. Our team can help you decide when the right time is for us to professionally clean your dryer vents.

About Aeroseal Solutions

Our priority is to provide you with clean and safe air ducts and dryer vents. Our team of comfort specialists consists of NADCA-certified experts who strive to provide you with premium customer service and expert ductwork solutions. To schedule a cleaning for your dryer vents, contact our company today!

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