To help educate on dryer fire prevention during National Fire Prevention month in October, Dryer Vent Wizard (DVW) Maureen Longe presented the importance of having your dryer vent inspected and cleaned every year to AAA.
It is estimated that poorly maintained or clogged dryer vents are the leading cause of appliance fires and cause nearly 17,000 dryer fires every year (source) and over $194 million in property damages.
“There are common <a href="/warning-signs">warning signs</a> that can indicate a clog or obstruction in your dryer vent, alerting you to a possible dryer fire,” says Longe. They are:
- Clothes taking longer than one cycle to dry a load, especially jeans and towels
- Dryer repeatedly stopping during a cycle
- No lint on the lint screen
- Clothes having a moldy smell after the dry cycle
If you experience any of these signs, make sure to have your dryer vent inspected and cleaned by a professional once a year. <a href="/schedule-service">Schedule service</a> today to reduce the risk of a dryer fire and increase the efficiency of your dryer.