Dryer Fire Safety
Dryer Fire safety is a major concern for both residential and commercial properties, dryer vents are a leading cause of fires in North America causing over 16,000 fires every year, resulting in multiple deaths and hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage.
In the main cause isn’t from the dryer malfunctioning, it’s due to overheating due to clogged dryer vent ducting. The most common source of ignition is lint. It does not matter if the dryer is gas operated or electric the risk is the same.
Clothes dryers have come along way with their safety features but there’s nothing to prevent lint and other debris from building up in the ducting. There are some devices on the market today such as the lint alert which will calculate the back pressure generated by the dryer and warn the occupants when the level is getting too high, some new driers even have this feature built-in.
Dryer lint is such an incredible source of ignition that outdoor enthusiast often collect it and use it as tinder for starting fires well camping.
When lint and other debris start to clog the dryer ducting it reduces the airflow which will cause the dryer to overheat, you can then possibly throw a spark and cause a fire. It really is that simple. Most dryer manufacturers will recommend that a professional look at your dryer ducting every year and perform an inspection at a minimum but usually also a dryer vent cleaning. By adding dryer vent cleaning to your home checklist once per year will greatly reduce the risk of a dryer fire by removing the main sources of ignition.
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When our professional dryer vent cleaning service technicians perform an inspection or cleaning we are looking to make sure that the entire duct is free of all lint, animal nests, or any other debris might be clogging the dryer ducting and reducing airflow. If necessary we will also make other recommendations to increase dryer safety by recommending a booster fan on any duct that exceeds 25 feet in length excluding bends. We may also recommend installing past proof vent covers at all dryer vent termination points.
To request an inspection or a dryer vent cleaning please contact our office at 780-455-1188.Beverly, Sherwood Park, Saint Albert, Lancaster Park, Bretona, Namao, Strathcona, Carbondale, Nisku, Ardrossan