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Your Dryer Could Be A Fire Hazard

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know that according to the National Fire Protection Association there are almost 17,000 dryer fires a year? 

And the damage can be deadly. These fires have caused about 51 deaths, 280 injuries and over $236 million in property loss and damage. 

So how can you do your best to prevent these fires from starting? Clean your dryer vents! 

How do you know if your dryer needs cleaning or unclogging? Here are a few signs:

  • Clothing smells musty after a drying cycle
  • Dryer sheets have an odor after each cycle
  • Abnormal amount of heat on clothes or in room where your washer and dryer are located
  • Excessive amount of lint build up in the lint trap after a cycle

And here are some more tips on how to prevent a dryer fire:

  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings before installing a new appliance
  • Try to clean the filter at least every 5 months with a nylon brush if it does become clogged
  • Check to make sure the dryer lint filter is cleaned out before and after each load of wash
  • Check your vent pipe for lint every 3 months 
  • Ensure that the outdoor vent cover is open when the dryer is turned on 
  • Be vigilant during the springtime, and check your dryer vent outside to make sure no birds have made a new home 

If you have any questions or concerns about your dryer, please call SERVPRO of Wyomissing at (610)208-0300.

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