Dryer Fire

Fire, House, Brand, CrashAccording to the U.S. fire management, over 2,900 clothes-dryer fires are reported every year. The majority of these fires result because of buildup of lint in the dryer or within the pipe that usually vents to the outside. While there are many fires which result in the dryer, the good news is that you can prevent the fires from coming up by doing the following:
Cleaning the lint trap regularly
The lint trap is the unit that traps bacteria, dust, and some other contaminants that might buildup inside the dryer. To avoid lint from building up in the vents, it is highly recommended that you regularly clean out the lint trap. Experts recommend that you ought to clean the trap before each drying cycle.
Dryers are usually connected to pipes that vent to the outside. To ensure that the vents don’t accumulate lint, you need to make sure that pipe is smooth-walled and metallic. You should also ensure that it isn’t connected with screws that protrude through. This is because screws that protrude though have high chances of catching hint.
To be on the safe side you need to connect the vent pipe into the dryer using a hose clamp and tighten it with a screwdriver or a quarter-inch nut driver. If the seal is loose, you should reseal it with a metallic tape in order to improve the seal between the two pipes.
Once you have connected the pipes you should look at them and ensure that they’re tight. You should also have a look at the plumbing and make sure that there are no seams and joints.
Along with this you also need to have a look at the pipes and make sure that they are not bending or sagging. This is because lint tends to build up in hanging pipes.
The amount of times that you ought to clean the dryer depends on how you use it. For instance, for those who have a large family and you use the device twice a week, then it is suggested that you wash it after every six months. On the other hand if you live alone and you use the dryer just on weekends, you should clean the device at least once every four or five years.
When cleaning the dryer you need to remove the front-access panel under the door of the dryer and vacuum any lint which may have buildup. You should also have a look at two small openings which are usually located on the lower bottom of the dryer. The openings tend to accumulate lint; consequently, you should have a look at these and eliminate all of the lint that you find.

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