Prevent Fires Caused by Clogged Dryer Vents

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Fires cause significant damage to our homes, but many times the cause of fires can be prevented. When it comes to fires caused by dryers, most times the culprit is a clogged dryer vent. These types are fires are highly preventable with regular maintenance and ensuring your dryer vent is clear and free of ignitable lint.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, over 15,600 fires requiring a fire department response start each year in homes. Many of those fires are caused by clogged lint traps and vents in clothes dryers.

Dryers work by forcing hot air through the drum. That air carries lint with it which is filtered by the lint trap. If that trap isn’t cleaned regularly, the flow of hot air is restricted. As the air heats up, it can eventually ignite the lint buildup. Depending on where your dryer is located and if you are home when the fire starts, significant fire damage can result.

Lint also builds up in your dryer vent where it connects your dryer to the exhaust vent in the wall. Failure to clean your vent hose before lint builds up and clogs the exhaust can also result in a fire. 24 Restore provides the following tips for identifying warning signs that could point to a dryer fire, and what to do to prevent dryer fires in Minneapolis.

FIRE RISK WARNING SIGNS:

  • Clothes drying time is more than 45 minutes
  • Clothes are hotter than normal at the end of the cycle
  • Dryer vent hood flapper doesn’t open when dryer is on

FIRE PREVENTION TIPS:

  • Clean your dryer vent twice a year
  • Clean lint trap before and after each drying cycle
  • If you experience any warning signs, have your dryer serviced by a professional

Fire Damage Cleanup After a Dryer Fire

If you suffer fire damage resulting from a dryer fire, your Minneapolis home may have significant fire and smoke damage requiring a fire restoration professional. 24 Restore provides comprehensive fire damage restoration services in Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area. Fire damage should always be addressed as soon as possible and by a professional, as soot residues will continue to cause damage and are difficult to remove.

For cleanup after a dryer fire or any other type of fire, call 24 Restore.