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Keeping Your Dryer Free of Lint can Prevent a Fire

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Horizontal photo of female hand taking the lint out from dirty air filter of the dyer machine A lint fire is also highly preventable
Protecting your home in West Hollywood, CA, from the potential causes of home fires is important for the safety of your family. Some causes of fires, such as candles, space heaters, or even lightning may seem obvious, but there are a few others, such as dryer lint that can also be a big concern. Lint is combustible and allowing it to buildup in and around your dryer could cause a serious lint fire.

How To Prevent a Dryer Fire

A buildup of lint can easily ignite and the fire damage can be quite extensive. Luckily, a lint fire is also highly preventable. Following a few simple steps can help prevent a fire disaster.

Clean the pullout screen every time you use the dryer and from time to time, vacuum out the chute and rinse the screen with water
Unplug the dryer and remove the dryer vent, then use a hose attachment on your vacuum and clean out both the dryer opening and up inside the hose itself, using a longer hose attachment if necessary
While the dryer is unplugged, remove the back panel of the dryer and vacuum the lint away from both the panel and the inside back of the dryer
Inspect the vent on your home’s exterior for any buildup and remove it, using a vacuum if needed

A Lint Fire can be Serious
A dryer fire can cause extensive damage in your home, particularly because you may not catch it immediately. People often run the dryer when they go to bed or leave home, and because electricity from the dryer itself is the source of ignition, the risk of a serious fire is very high. A professional fire restoration company in West Hollywood, CA, can help with the fire and smoke damage cleanup and repair issues in the event such a disaster should take place.

No one wants their family to be in danger. A little bit of elbow grease and diligence can help prevent a disastrous lint fire in your home.

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