Is Your Clothes Dryer a Fire Hazard?
According to the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Agency), the leading cause of dryer fires is the lack of regular maintenance. Of all household appliance fire causes, a clothes dryer accounts for the largest percentage. There is an average of over 15,000 household fires caused from a dryer annually throughout North America.
Most common sources of ignition in a dryer fire are lint and household dust. Both of these elements collect within the appliance cavity near the dryer heating element. Dryer heating elements can reach temperatures often nearing 550 F°. Cotton and wool clothing will ignite at temperatures of 250 F° according to testing, therefore a dryer fire is virtually imminent if lint from these clothing materials come in contact with the dryer heating element. Testing also showed that small lint fires occur regularly within the dryer cavity and may extinguish as the lint burns away. A substantial amount of lint causes a larger fire and can spread throughout the dryer and surrounding area.
Lint buildup inside the dryer cavity and/or foreign matter in the duct – such as bird nests and other debris – can restrict air flow to your dryer causing it to not dry proper or efficient. This increases the chances of overheating, mechanical failure and ultimately – fire – drastically.
Simple Steps to Protect Your Home from a Dryer Fire
1. Ensure the outside vent cap operates properly and the louvers or flaps open freely.
2. Clean dryer lint trap before every use and never operate the dryer without a lint trap.
3. Make sure the dryer duct is properly installed and is free of kinks. Vinyl ducting should never be used.
4. Clean your duct with a dryer duct cleaning brush a minimum of four times a year to ensure maximum air flow.
5. Replace your duct every 2-3 years to ensure your dryer runs efficiently and safely
6. Use a clothes dryer lint brush and vacuum attachment to remove excess lint from within the dryer cavity.
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