:: Dryer Fire Dangers ::
Dryer Venting Dangers

Flexible white plastic vent hose is unsafe:
- Ribbed surface restricts air flow
- Lint builds up in the vent and then the dryer.
- Restricted air flow and lint buildup cause overheating and dryer fires.
- If a fire starts, plastic vent hose burns, spreading the fire.

Plugged plastic vents are inefficient:
- Clothes take longer to dry and you pay a higher energy bill.
- May case dryer parts to fail.
- May void the warranty on newer dryers.

To avoid dangers:
- Clean lint filter with every load.
- Replace white plastic vent house with metallic vent pipe.
- Have your dryer disassembled and cleaned once a year.
- Connect duct with solid metal elbows at the dryer and vent cap.
- If you already have a metal vent, clean it out at least once a year.
- Clean lint from vent where it exits the wall.


Dryer vent fires are more common than chimney fires.

*  Cleaning your dryer vent will improve drying times.

*  Even a clean lint screen traps only 75% of the lint.

*  Lint buildup around motor or burner assembly can cause a fire.

*  Lint buildup causes stress on the motor and premature failure.

*  In 1998, clothes dryers were associated with 15,600 fires, which            
   resulted in 20 deaths and 370 injuries.(CPSC, June 2003)

*  You should have your dryer and dryer vent cleaned by a professional    
   every 6-12 months.
This was just a small fire.  You can see the burnt lint.
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