Most people rarely think about their dryer vents, but alarmingly over 15,000 house fires occur each year in the United States as a result of improperly maintained dryer vents. These fires result in approximately 10 deaths, 310 injuries and 96 million dollars in property damage. In order to keep your family and yourself safe it is important to make sure that the dryer vents and hoses are not clogged. I have counseled clients for years that this should be done every three months depending on how often they use the dryer. I know that with busy lives, that this one small item added to an already overcrowded to do list will go unheeded. So, what can be done?
- 1. Never leave clothes drying in the dryer unattended or while you are sleep
- 2. Have a monitored smoke and heat sensor installed in the laundry area
- 3. Have Ductz install a vent clog monitor that will give you visual and audible alerts when the vent reaches 20% or more obstruction.
- 4. Have an ABC fire extinguisher in the laundry room.
Some advanced warning signs that your dryer vent may be obstructed:
1. Laundry takes a long time to dry especially jeans and towels
2. Laundry is hotter than usual at the end of the drying cycle
3. Flapper on vent hood doesn’t open when dryer is on
Keeping your family safe is imperative and taking some simple steps can help to assure their safety. If you recognize any of the advanced warning signs call Ductz at 877-DUCTZ-USA or 919-942-4900 and to install monitored fire sensors call 919-949-9690 or schedule an appointment at www.trianglehomesecurity.com.