Safety First: Preventing Dryer Fires
Lint. So minuscule, yet it can be such a major annoyance, sticking to your fleece jacket and black outfit or littering the inside of the pockets of your favorite jeans. Most people associate lint with being a harmless inconvenience, but the truth is that lint can be dangerous to you, your health, family, and even your home.
According to National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) an average of 15,000 fires each year originate from complications with lint in dryers or dryer venting. Lint is essentially particles of fiber, hair, fur, and skin that have collected together. Lint is also extremely flammable, so even the smallest spark could cause it to ignite, and from there spread like a literal wild fire.
There are ways you can keep yourself, your family, and your home safe from such a tragedy. Listed below are some examples of precautions you can take to better protect yourself.
6. Keep an eye out of signs that your dryer or vent system might need some extra care, attention, and cleaning. If loads of laundry seem to be taking longer than normal to dry, you might have a restriction in your vent work or a build up of lint. The same applies if your dryer’s top or side feels hotter than normal, or if it blows a fuse or trips a breaker. These are all warning signs that something bigger could be wrong with your dryer!
Lint. A tiny, but mighty terror. We hope these tips will aid you in preventing a dangerous and unwanted disaster. We hope everyone will take care and keep your dryer clean! Remember, you can call us at 704-824-1077 or schedule an appointment with our online scheduler if you need any help with your dyer or other major appliances!