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Get Informed: Winter Hazard Awareness Week

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Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and other federal government and non-profit agencies, November 10 through November 15 is Winter Hazard Awareness Week in Minnesota, and Wednesday, November 14 is Winter Fire Safety day. This annual event is promoted every year to help raise awareness about the dangers that the winter can bring about when it comes to fires, driving and other hazards. The agencies and organizations give out tips about how to stay safe this winter. Here are a few of our favorites about how to stay safe when enjoying your fireplace, cooking or enjoying your holiday decorations.

Dryer and Dryer Vent Safety

  • Never use your dryer as a source of heat. Dryer vents are full of dust, lint, dirt and other debris. It is a health hazard to have it blowing around in your home. And if your dryer is not venting properly, call on us here at Dryer Vent Wizard to fix it.
  • Heavy items such as blankets and coats create more lint, making your dryer much more of a fire hazard. Lint is extremely flammable and if not cleaned out routinely, can catch fire.
  • Keep your dryer vent clear of snow and ice. An accumulation frozen precipitation can prevent your unit from functioning properly. It can be an even bigger concern if your dryer vent exits your home on the roof. Be sure to keep a three-foot area clear around your dryer vent.

Fireplace and Heater Safety

  • Make sure you keep all items, especially flammable ones, away from your fireplace, space heaters and other heaters.
  • Never leave a heater or fireplace unattended. Be sure to turn them off or put out the fire if you need to leave your home or when you go to bed.
  • Make sure your fireplace is routinely cleaned and inspected. Be sure the cords to all of your space heaters are not frayed or ripped. If the cord feels hot, you should turn off the space heater.

Cooking Safety

  • Never leave your cooking unattended. Unattended cooking is the leading contributing factor to home cooking fires.
  • Frying is the biggest risk of a house fire.
  • The peak day of the year for home cooking fires is Thanksgiving.

Holiday Safety

  • While Christmas tree fires are no longer as common as they used to be in the old days, they are more likely to be serious fires when they do happen.
  • Do not put any heat sources near a Christmas tree. This causes about 1 out of 6 Christmas tree fires.
  • Eleven percent of home candle fires occur in December.

When you need dryer vent cleaning or repairs, give us a call here at Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or contact us and Request Service.

Do Your Dryer Vents Need to be Repaired or Cleaned?

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There are several warning signs that you will need to look into dryer vent cleaning or dryer vent repair in Hastings. We’re going to give you a rundown of some signals that your dryer vents need some attention. While there are some basic repairs and cleaning tips you can do yourself, you will want to call on us for most of your need when it comes to dryer vent repair and cleaning.

There are several things you can watch out for if you suspect you need to call us for dryer vent repair or cleaning. If your clothes are taking longer to dry than usual or if your clothes don’t fully dry after one cycle, then it’s probably time to give us a call. And if your clothes do dry but come out hotter than usual, that’s another good sign you need to give us a call for cleaning or repair work.

Also, if the outside of your dryer gets very hot and if your laundry room gets humid, these are other tell-tale signals that something is going on and should get looked at.

Finally, if you ever smell something burning near your dryer, you should turn it off and unplug it as soon as possible. Check to make sure nothing is on fire, and then give us a call for dryer vent repair or cleaning services!

You should also check on the outside exhaust vent for your dryer. Is the vent opening completely? If not, give us a call for dryer vent repair so we can make sure the vent is working as it should be. A properly working dryer vent is one of the most important parts of keeping your dryer running safely.

When you need dryer vent repair in Hastings, call on Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or you can contact us to Schedule Service.

Celebrate Fire Prevention Week

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October 5 through October 11, 2014, is Fire Prevention Week, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). While dryer vent cleaning in Minnesota can help decrease your chances of experiencing a fire in your home, there are several other precautions you can take to ensure your family and your home stay safe. Here are a few suggestions.

Watch Your Electricity

Is there a light that keeps on flickering? Or maybe there is an outlet in your bedroom that is warm to the touch? Or maybe there is a circuit that keeps tripping, no matter what you do? If you answered yes to just one of these questions, it’s time to call in an electrician. These are all signs that there could be something wrong with your home’s electrical system, so it’s time to get it looked at by a professional.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer vents that have a build-up of lint and other debris can be a huge fire hazard. Hire our dryer vent cleaning service so we can come to your home and make sure your dryer vents are clean and lint-free. Lint is a huge fire hazard because all it takes is one small spark to ignite the lint. And when that happens, the fire can quickly spread, putting your family and your home at risk.

Get Tune Ups

Has it been awhile since you’ve had a professional come out to look at your air conditioner or heating unit? How about your water heater? Make sure you get routine inspections and maintenance of these appliances. An expert can spot issues before they become bigger problems.

Are you ready to learn more about dryer vent cleaning in Minnesota? And about what you can do to prevent dryer fires in your home? Call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or you can contact us and Request Service.

How to Keep Your Dryer Safe

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We here at Dryer Vent Wizard take dryer vent cleaning in Minnetonka very seriously. Dryer vents can cause a house fire, so here are a few safety tips on how to properly use and maintain your dryer.

  • Be sure to have your dryer installed by a professional. And when it needs repairs or service, make sure you hire a professional to do the work. There are some do-it-yourself repairs you can try on your own, but most of them should be done by a trained professional.
  • Never use your dryer without a lint filter. The lint filter helps to keep some of the lint from building up in your dryer vent hose.
  • Keep the lint filter clean at all times. Make sure you clean it after each load of laundry. And if the lint filter breaks, make sure you get a new one before you use your dryer again.
  • Dryer vents should be made out of rigid but flexible materials, such as plastic. This will help keep the proper amount of air flow going through, plus it will ensure your clothes dry thoroughly the first time.
  • The air exhaust vent pipe should never be restricted, and the outdoor vent flap is open while the dryer is operating.
  • If you start to notice that your clothes are not drying as quickly as usual, call on us for dryer vent cleaning. Dryer vent cleaning should be done at least once a year.
  • The dryer should always be plugged into the right outlet using the right kind of plug. If you are unsure of how to check this, call in the professionals to take a look.
  • Never overload your dryer, and always make sure to turn it off when you go to bed or when you leave your home.

For more information on dryer vent cleaning in Minnetonka, call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or contact us to Request Service.

Dryer Vent Cleaning: Facts and Safety

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As a company that provides dryer vent cleaning services to Wayzata and the surrounding areas, we know a thing or two about dryers and how to make sure they function efficiently and safely. Here are few facts about dryer vents and dryer vent cleaning we have picked up along the way.

  • Dryer vents have to be at least four inches in diameter and, at minimum, at least as large as the dryer outlet.
  • The developed length of your dryer’s exhaust duct should not be any longer than 25 feet unless otherwise specified by the maker of the dryer.
  • Dryer vent should always end outdoors, not in a chimney, attic or crawl space.
  • The dryer’s exhaust vent termination hood should have a back draft damper to make sure the exhaust does not come back into your home.
  • When you have dryer vent cleaning done, it should always be done by a professional who has been trained in the best and safest way to do this task.
  • Eighty percent of dryer fires occur in residential buildings, which is why it is so important to set up an appointment for dryer vent cleaning at least once a year.
  • When a dryer fire happens, failure to have dryer vent cleaning done regularly is the leading contributing factor. This is why dryer vent cleaning is such an important task.
  • Dryers should always be placed near an outside wall so the dryer vent hoses don’t have to be too long and present a potential hazard.
  • Making sure your dryer’s lint traps are cleaned regularly can make your dryer work more efficiently and can help ensure the entire load of laundry dries after one cycle.

For more information on dryer vent cleaning in Wayzata, call Dryer Vent Wizard at 651-792-5626 or contact us to Request Service.