Fires Caused by Clogged Dryer Vents
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, over 15,600 fires requiring a fire department response start each year in homes. Most 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.
- 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
WHAT TO DO:
- Clean your dryer vent twice a year
- Clean lint trap before and after each drying cycle