According to the U.S. Fire Administration, clothes dryers in the home are responsible for 2,900 reported home fires each year, causing an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The leading cause of dryer fires is a failure to clean the lint from the system.
The USFA recommends cleaning the lint filter before and after each load of laundry, which tends to be implemented by most users. What’s not as well known is the suggestion to clean the vent pipes every 3 months. Though not as easily remedied as cleaning the lint trap, cleaning the vent pipes can be made very straightforward through the use of cleaning kits which include a series of flexible rods which can be screwed end to end to reach through the entire vent pipe and a brush head which scrapes the vent walls clean. Some of these kits can even be used with a power drill to rotate the rods and brush head for improved cleaning.
Easy-to-perform and regular vent cleaning, combined with routine maintenance, can prevent dryer fires and keep your family and property safe.
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