Dryer Fires: Causes and Solutions

Most people don’t think twice about putting their clothes in the dryer while running an errand or sleeping. We tend to forget that dryer fire is a real danger affecting thousands of Americans annually.

Each year, dryers are responsible for over 15,000 fires. The fires usually start in the dryer vent which looks like a long tube. The vent connects the dryer to the outside of the house and serves as a passageway for hot air to escape safely.

Over time, the lint from your clothes collects in the vent and blocks the passageway. The trapped air causes the dryer to become dangerously hot and combustible. Then it only takes the smallest spark to catch that built-up lint on fire and ignite a potentially tragic accident.

The Home Safety Council recommends two primary ways of preventing dryer fires. First, you should check your vent tube. If it’s plastic, get it replaced with metal. When lint catches fire it can ignite the plastic tubing and spread to other areas of the house. Metal tubing won’t catch fire and might act as a shield against the flames.

Even more importantly, however, the Home Safety Council recommends getting your vent cleaned annually. Without a buildup of lint, your dryer has a much, much lower chance of overheating and catching fire.

When is the last time you’ve had your dryer vent cleaned? Keep your family safe and call Steamer’s Carpet Care today to schedule a dryer vent cleaning.