According to FEMA, 2,900 dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Regular professional dryer vent cleaning prevents fires.
The First General team recommends the following tips for staying safe:
A professional, certified electrician can check to ensure the correct voltage outlet is properly wired in your home to support your specific dryer type
It is recommended to have your dryer properly installed by a professional. They can ensure all hoses and wires are connected correctly
Don’t use a wire screen or cloth to cover the wall damper. They can collect lint and clog the dryer vent
Don’t leave a clothes dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed
Best Practice: Clean the lint filter on your dryer regularly. Check it before and after each load of laundry. Regular maintenance is key to fire prevention!
The trap is only one place lint accumulates in your dryer. Clean lint out of the vent pipe monthly. Don’t forget to wipe down and thoroughly clean the back of the dryer where lint and dust tend to build up
If your dryer is taking longer than usual to dry your clothes, it’s time to call a professional! This is usually the first indication there is a block in the duct work
What else will a professional do?
- Clean all duct work thoroughly
- Check to ensure no animal nests are blocking the outside vent. The warm air from the dryer attracts animals!
- Ensure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on
- Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic venting with rigid, non-ribbed metal duct
If you are in need of dryer vent cleaning, visit our website for additional information: https://firstgeneralservice.com/services/duct-vent-cleaning-services
For additional information on dryer vent cleaning prevents fires, visit: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/clothes_dryers.html