It goes without saying that you want to do everything you can to protect your loved ones and your home from a fire. One of the most often overlooked fire hazards is your clothes dryer. The combination of a spark from the heating element (in electric dryers) or from the gas flame (in gas dryers) and a build-up of lint can be deadly, and it is important to take the necessary steps to keep this from happening. Dryer fire prevention at your Plymouth home is incredibly important, so here are a few tips on what you can do to avoid them.
Use the Right Materials
One of the best techniques for dryer fire prevention is making sure the right materials are being used for your vents. Make sure your dryer vents are made out of metal and are at least 4 inches in diameter. They should never be made out of plastic, vinyl, floppy foil or other flimsy materials. Metal is less likely to tear, and it is also less likely to be crushed. Plastic also tends to harbor static electricity, and this is another way dryer fires can be ignited. If air flow in and out of your dryer is compromised, that could cause your dryer to overheat, and that can also cause a fire.
How much clearance is there between your dryer and the wall? Make sure there is plenty of space between them. If there isn’t a lot of space, move your dryer a few inches away from the wall and check the hoses to make sure they were not crushed or damaged. If they were, make sure you get them fixed as soon as possible. Along the same lines, check to see where your dryer vents to the outside. If it vents to your attic, chimney or crawl space, make sure you get that fixed as well. Your dryer should always vent directly outside.
Get Your Dryer Vents Cleaned Regularly
Another great method of dryer fire prevention is a regular cleaning by professionals like us. We have the right equipment to thoroughly clean your dryer vents, and you should call us at least once a year for this service. In between our visits, make sure you clean your dryer’s lint trap after each use and occasionally use a shop vac to clean out your dryer vents on your own.
Do you want more information on dryer fire prevention in Plymouth? Call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or you can Contact Us.