What Should You Know About Dryer Vent Safety

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Dryer vents are a major source of fires that can easily spread out of the vent pipe and into the structure of the house. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of more than 14,500 residential fires originate in clothes dryers each year, causing damage that exceeds $235 million annually. The NFPA also reports that nearly one-third of these fires can be attributed to neglected maintenance that includes not cleaning the dryer vents.

The fuel that causes fires in dryer vents is an accumulation of tiny lint fibers shed by fabrics during the drying process. Dryers naturally produce a lot of lint. In fact, there’s a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest ball of dryer lint. The combination of tiny flammable fibers collecting within a dryer vent, along with concentrated heat sufficient to ignite the fibers, can potentially result in an almost explosive, high-temperature fire.

Prevent dangerous dryer fires by cleaning the filter and keeping up with annual vent maintenance in the following ways:

If any of the above-mentioned danger signs of excess lint are noted, don’t wait for an annual inspection. Instead, call for service immediately.

For more about the safety of dryer vents and regular professional service to ensure it, contact Jackson & Sons.

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