A father of two threw a load of laundry into the dryer before driving the kids to school at 7 a.m. He returned from the quick 15-minute trip to a home on fire. The family lived elsewhere for several months while workers repaired damage and cleaned away smoke and soot throughout the house.
Like many people, the man in this true incident guarded against fires from obvious sources: barbecue grills, stoves and fireplaces. But he didn’t think about the biggest fire risk that nearly destroyed his house: a clogged dryer vent packed with lint, a material so dry and flammable that campers bring it along to start campfires. The lint blocked airflow and raised vent temperatures to very hazardous levels.
Dryer fires caused by clogged dryer vents are common and life-threatening. More than 15,000 of them cause $35 million dollars in property damage and 100 injuries annually. On just a single day last month, five dryer fires in the United States were destructive enough to make the news. Two of them destroyed the dryers, turning them into charred lumps of twisted metal. Another closed a daycare. The fourth evacuated guests from a condo complex, and the last one devastated a laundromat. Fortunately no one was hurt, but dryer fires can kill. They cause an average of five deaths a year.
Dryer fires are 100 percent preventable with Service America’s economical, quick dryer vent cleaning. Scheduling it twice a year is like taking out a fire insurance policy on a home. Service America’s thorough cleaning whisks away flammable lint and also removes foreign objects like bird’s nests that can block airflow. As an added bonus, operating costs often drop because a clean vent reduces drying time.
Clean dryer vents at least twice a year, and more frequently if the vent runs a long distance. Not sure when your vent was last cleaned? Be alert to warning signs:
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