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Preventing Dryer Fires in Your Gifford, FL Property

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Dryer after it was removed from the property for cathching fire Dryer lint is highly flammable this is why it is important to regularly clean the vent system.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), there is an average of 15,970 home structure fires each year that involve dryers or washing machines, with 92% of them involving clothes dryers. Also, according to the NFPA, the leading causes of dryer fires are as follows:

  • Dust, fiber, or lint – 27%
  • Clothing – 26%
  • Appliance housing or casing – 10%
  • Unclassified soft goods or clothing – 9%

Many of these causes are preventable by developing regular dryer maintenance habits such as:

  • Cleaning the lint screen before every load
  • Make sure the lint trap is clear of blockages
  • Wiping down the interior drum
  • Regularly vacuuming under and behind the dryer
  • Scheduling regular cleanings for the vent system
  • Regularly checking that the exterior opening for the exhaust is free of blockages
  • Not overfilling the dryer each load

 Preventing Dryer Fires in Your Gifford, FL Property

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