While some people may be fearful that household items like candles can cause a fire, there is another item almost everyone has inside their home that has a higher chance of causing flames – your dryer. Preventing dryer fires is a top priority for our Lindstrom Air Conditioning & Plumbing team, as many people lose their lives each year.
A 2020 report by the National Fire Protection Association finds local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 13,820 home structure fires per year in which dryers were involved in the ignition between 2014 and 2018. These fires caused an average of seven civilian deaths, 344 civilian injuries, and $233 million in direct property damage annually.
Though dryer fires can happen in a variety of ways, the report found that 32 percent of dryer fires were caused by a failure to clean after lint built up in the system. Once there is enough build-up, the lint blows back into the dryer and ignites. This poses a danger to not only your dryer but also your home and family.
Clearing lint helps you and your family prevent a fire, and it can also prevent CO2 emissions, lower energy costs, extend the life of your dryer, cuts down on dry time and prevent heat damage to clothes.
You can monitor your dryer vent by installing LintAlert. It digitally monitors your dryer vent to detect even the most minor air pressure changes through the SmartTap™ inserted into the dryer transition hose. When the device detects a dangerous change or blockage, it flashes red and lets out an audible alert to you and your family.
Schedule an appointment with our team today for your dryer vent cleaning needs and more information on LintAlert by calling (800) 813-1824.