Dryer Fire Prevention Tips
Oct. 8-14 is National Fire Prevention Week
National Fire Prevention Week runs from October 8-14, and Dryer Vent Wizard of Minnesota is giving some tips to prevent dryer fires this season.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 92 percent of appliance fires occur in dryers. Why? Dryers contain three essential elements for a fire: ignition source, the heating element within; oxygen, continuous airflow as the machine works to dry clothing; and combustibles such as lint and clothing.
Four key steps that homeowners can take to reduce their risk for a fire:
- Empty the lint screen before every load – this ensures that air is properly running through the machine.
- Clean lint screen quarterly – four times a year, a homeowner should pull the lint screen from the dryer and clean it with soapy water.
- Regulate the vent cover on the exterior of the home – homeowners should regularly check the vent cover on the exterior side of the house for any blockages.
- Ensure the transition duct is in tact – the transition duct is the felxible tube-shaped piece that connects the dryer to the duct, homeowners should check this to make sure it is not crushed or broken.
Making sure a dryer is in good working order is the most effective way to reduce your risk of a fire.