Dryer Vent Wizard, Gina Fazil, was recently featured on Good Day Sacramento to help prevent dryer fires during National Fire Prevention month in October.
There are nearly 17,000 dryer fires every year (source) and the leading factor is failure to clean. Having the dryer vent cleaned is something most homeowners don’t think about, yet major appliance manufacturers recommend having your dryer vent cleaned every year to reduce the risk of fires and keep your dryer running efficiently.
Clogged dryer vents aren’t the only danger, improper venting materials such as foil and vinyl increase the risk of fire in a home. “There is a sticker on the dryer that says WARNING: Do not use metal foil. Do not use plastic, because it can cause a dryer fire,” says Fazil. “Foil and vinyl venting material can collapse and block dryer lint in the vent.” It’s important that dryer vents be made from code compliant materials, such as rigid metal.
To help further the efforts of fire prevention and safety, Dryer Vent Wizard is also raising funds for the Children’s Burn Foundation the month of October.