Did you know that 70% of dryer fires a year are caused by a failure to properly clean your dryer vent? According to the 2007 FEMA Fire Prevention Research Program analysis it is true. Clothes dryer fires account for about 15,600 structure fires, 15 deaths, and 400 injuries annually. Dryer Vent cleaning is critical. To learn more on how dryer vents are started and what you can do to prevent a dryer vent fire in your home please read the full article from FEMA by clicking the following link.
So how can you tell if your dryer vent needs to be cleaned? There are three simple things you can check for:
- Does it take longer for your clothes to dry and do thick materials (such as denim) still feel damp after drying for a long time?
- Is the outside of your dryer hot to touch?
- Is the exterior dryer flap outside not all the way open?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then it is time to get your dryer vent cleaned. It is recommended that you have your dryer vent checked and cleaned every year.
Click the following link to check out a video from Angie’s List for more dryer vent cleaning tips.