When is the last time you had your dryer vent cleaned?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend you clean your dryer vent Once a year, or more often (if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry), clean lint out of the dryer vent or have a professional service do it for you.The NFPA further indicate that an estimated 15,456 fires, 47 deaths, and 349 civilian injuries, $217M in property damage were associated with clothes dryer fires in the sample year of 2010.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission states "Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Lint can block the flow of air, cause excessive heat build-up, and result in a fire....”
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, (USFA), failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires. Moreover, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. This shows the importance of proper maintenance and regular cleaning of the dryer for your home and family’s safety.
To avoid the risk of a clogged dryer vent fire hazard, the USFA recommends cleaning the lint filter before and after each load of laundry, especially the back side where lint is most likely to build up. Additionally, clean the lint filter with a nylon brush at least twice a year to prevent it from clogging. Most importantly, have your dryer vent inspected by a professional at least once every 12 months, especially if you notice that the clothes are taking longer that a cycle to dry.
Trinity Dryer Vent Service can help you keep your home safe with a complete dryer vent duct cleaning using our state of the art dryer vent cleaning equipment with HEPA filtration. Keep your family safe and avoid the risk of a dryer fire. If you haven't had your dryer vent cleaned in the last few years give us a call today. We would love to serve you!