—— What Steps Can You Take To Protect Yourself ——
And Your Property From Dryer Fires?
Each year over 12,000 dwelling fires are found to have started in a dryer. The main causes are from lint and debris build
up. Lint is highly flammable. If lint is allowed to build up anywhere, the dryer will become less efficient and one of two
things can happen: Heat can become trapped and cause the lint to burst into flames, or certain dryer components can become hot enough to burn and cause a fire. This can happen in the duct work, vents, lint traps, drum, or anywhere
around the dryer where sufficient heat is being trapped. Fires can also happen when flammable materials (like plastic
or cloths contaminated with chemicals) are dried in the dryer. Regular cleaning and maintenance of all dryer components are the way to prevent dryer fires. There are some simple steps homeowners can take to keep their dryer vents clean
and clear from lint and other debris build up.
1.) Clean the lint trap or screen after every use.
2.) Use a long handled lint brush and clean down the lint trap at least once a week, as
well as on area where the vent exits the house.
3.) Use vacuum attachments specially designed to vacuum your lint traps at least once
a month, as well as on the area where the vent exits the house.
4.) Regularly clean and Vacuum around, under, and inside the dryer to keep free from
link and debris.
5.) If your dryer vent ducts are hidden in walls, or are not able to be completely cleaned
by normal means, call in professional dryer vent cleaning specialists. Specialists have
the proper equipment to clean walled in and lengthy duct work.
6.) Replace plastic or foil ducts with metal ones to help prevent fires. Metal ducts don't sag
like the plastic and foil ones, and therefore there is less build up of lint and debris.
7.) Do not dry clothes that have that have become chemically contaminated, in the dryer.
Clothing with gasoline, motor oil, and even certain cleaning fluids give off vapors that may
become flammable in the dryer. These clothes should be cleaned separately, thoroughly
and air dried.
8.) Use the dryers moisture sensing settings, rather than the straight temperature settings.
This will help keep the temperature and time accurate to the drying needs for the type of
materials in the dryer. Use lower heat settings.
9.) Don't leave the dryer running when you sleep or are away from home.
10.) Make sure you have a fully operational smoke detector in your laundry room, as well
as a fire extinguisher. Use extreme caution. Dryer fires are known to be fast moving. You
may have only a few minutes to get out of your house. It is strongly recommended that everyone
exit the property first, then call the fire department from a safe distance.
Steve Timpany, President of SMS Indoor Environmental Cleaning, Inc., is an NADCA Certified Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (ASCS), an ACAC Council-Certified Residential Mold Inspector (CRMI), and an ACAC Council-Certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor (CMRS). Mr. Timpany is also a member of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA),
a member of the IAQA's Education Committee, and a member of the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization's
(IESO) Consensus Body. He is an Indoor Environmental Professional and a Mold Remediation Specialist.
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