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10 Ways of Preventing Dryer Vent Fires

Dryer Lint
Dryer lint in a crawlspace

Dryer vent fires are a serious hazard that can cause property damage, injuries, or even death. Here are some important steps you can take to prevent dryer vent fires:

  1. Clean the lint filter after every load of laundry. This is the most important step you can take to prevent dryer vent fires. Lint is a highly flammable material, and if it builds up in the lint filter or the dryer vent, it can easily catch fire.
  2. Clean the dryer vent duct annually. The dryer vent duct is the tube that runs from the dryer to the outside of your house. Lint can also build up in the dryer vent duct, so it is important to clean it out at least once a year. Call Things Done for You once a year to clean do your dryer vent cleaning.
  3. Make sure that the dryer vent is not blocked. The dryer vent should be free of obstructions so that the hot air and lint can escape from the dryer. Check for any debris or objects that may be blocking the vent, and make sure that the vent cover is open and not obstructed.
  4. Use a metal vent duct. Flexible plastic vent ducts can easily kink or tear, which can block the airflow and cause lint to build up. If you are using a flexible plastic vent duct, call Things Done For You, LLC to do a dryer vent duct replacement with a metal one.
  5. Have your dryer serviced regularly. A qualified dryer technician can inspect your dryer for any potential safety hazards, including problems with the venting system.
  6. Don’t overload the dryer. Overloading the dryer can make it take longer to dry your clothes, and it can also increase the risk of a fire.
  7. Don’t use the dryer to dry flammable materials. This includes items such as rubber, plastic, or vinyl.
  8. Keep the area around the dryer clean and free of debris. This will help to prevent lint from building up and catching fire.
  9. Never leave the dryer running when you are not at home. If you need to leave the house while the dryer is running, turn it off before you leave.
  10. Install a dryer vent alarm. A dryer vent alarm can detect lint buildup and alert you to a potential fire hazard. A dryer vent alarm can be purchased here
Dryer Lint Alarm