We would not have been wrong to conclude that life would not be this easy if there were no indoor plumbing, dryers and washers, electricity and other miracles technology has brought. Even with the conveniences that come with the use of this equipment, it’s important that we take good care of them. When you do not properly maintain the plumbing system, for instance, it may result in numerous problems which may require you spending more to fix, and in the case of electricity failure, it may result in complicated issues and in worst cases, death. With that same mindset, it’s important to understand that your dryer is another machine that might give you issues if not properly taken care of.
One of the studies that was carried out recently revealed that there was an average of 25,000 house fires caused by dryer every year for the last ten years. Although there has been a drastic reduction in the number, hence the idea behind this article: to stop it once and for all.
A big “thank you” to the US government, their contribution over the years have prompted many dryer vent industries to make lots of positive change that’ll make the dryer easier and safer to use. While a lot of homes have not started experiencing the changes yet, there are still some things that can be done to help a victim of a dryer vent accident. Below are the main three ways;
- Make sure to read the instructions on the manual very well
You might see using a dryer to be a basic task; you still have to understand that every dryer isn’t the same. Taking time to study the manual and the basic instructions will give you an insight about the kind of dryer you’re holding, probably if it’s going to require any special load requirement, or any special information to guide against fire. There are warning labels now attached to the lid of most dryers that are being manufactured these days, do not ignore or avoid any instruction as it has been directed.
- The dryer vent must be cleaned on a yearly basis
Even while you’re the dryer is being used, you should still check the dryer vent to confirm if the exhaust air is being pulled out (you can confirm that by placing your hand closely to the exhaust to feel that moist air). If little or no air is felt, you can easily make use of a long-handled brush to clear the vent of dirt that might have blocked the surface, and of course, you can call in a professional dryer vent cleaning company.
- The lint tray must be clean at all time
This seems to be the easiest precautions you can take to reduce the risk of a dryer vent fire. This can be done either after or before each laundry. It shouldn’t take more than five minutes of your time, carefully clean the lint tray, so nothing gets trapped in the vent, and also on a monthly basis, use the vacuum cleaner to clean the tray cavity properly.