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             dryer vent facts and figures

Dryers were involved in 1 out of 22 home structure fires reported

to US Fire Departments in 2006-2010. In 2010 an estimated 16,000 reported US non-confined or confined home structure fires involving clothes dryers resulted in 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in direct property damage. Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires, washer dryer combinations accounted for 4%. The leading cause of home dryer fires was failure to clean 32%, followed by unclassified mechanical malfunction 22%, and electrical malfunction followed at 8%.

Benefits of Dryer Vent Cleaning

Cleaning your dryer vent regularly allows your dryer to operate more efficiently , using less energy and saving you money. It protects your dryer from excess wear and premature failure. It helps your clothes dry faster and reduces excess household dust and humidity. It helps preserve clothing, as the life of many fabrics is damaged by excessive high heat. Most of all, it protects your family and home from a fire. Excessive lint buildup is always a potential fire hazard as well as excessive energy consumption causing it to work harder than it should.

WARNING! If you have a gas dryer, it is possible that carbon monoxide may leak into your home if it is clogged or improperly vented. If your dryer vent becomes congested with lint and other debris, it can cause your dryer to overheat and possibly catch fire. Remember, in gas dryers the lint and gas burnoff share the same avenue of exhaust ventilation, so have your venting system inspected annually for maximum safety.