Dryer Vent Cleaning is Key to Preventing Dryer Fires in Derry, New Hampshire

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Dryer vent cleaning is often overlooked by homeowners when performing regular appliance maintenance.  Failure to clean dryer vents is the leading cause of over 15,000 dryer fires reported annually causing injury, death and nearly $100 million in property damages.  Considering these staggering numbers, the fee for dryer vent cleaning is little compared to the loss experienced after a dryer fire.


Other causes of dryer fires include storing combustible material near the dryer, mechanical and electrical problems and the use of vinyl, plastic or flexible foil for dryer vents.  This used to be acceptable; however, UL safety standards have changed.  Dryer vents should be made of rigid or semi-rigid metal. 


Here are some tips for consumers to prevent dryer fires and to protect themselves in the event of a fire:


  • Keep a working fire extinguisher designed for use in the laundry area
  • Test smoke alarms and replace batteries periodically
  • Clean the lint screen after each load of laundry
  • Wash the lint screen every few months with soap and water to remove residue build-up from dryer sheets
  • Line dry rags soaked in combustible chemicals; even if they have been washed some residue can remain
  • Store flammable materials away from the clothes dryer
  • Annual dryer vent cleaning and professional maintenance is recommended
  • Have the dryer vent system inspected to be sure it is up to current safety codes
  • Use only semi-rigid or solid metal material for dryer ducts
  • Be sure the dryer vent system is properly installed; it should be as short as possible with few turns
  • Check the vent outside for signs of blockage, freezing or damage
  • Develop and practice a fire escape plan with family members in the event of a house fire


Clothes dryers are the most likely appliance to cause a fire if not properly maintained.  The best person to perform dryer vent cleaning and maintenance is one who specializes in dryer vent systems.  It is not recommended that you use a furnace duct cleaning company to do the job.  A dryer vent professional will also clean inside the clothes dryer and be sure that it is working safely and efficiently, preventing fires and saving energy. 


Webb Dickson is the owner of Dryer Vent Wizard of New Hampshire.  He specializes in all dryer exhaust issues.  Read more about dryer fire prevention and energy savings at http://dryerventcleaningmanchesternh.blogspot.com/

Comments (1)

Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

You may want to add in cleaning out the dryer itself, the dust backs up into there as well and can cause a flash fire in the dryer.. often you dont even know it happened unless you pull the back off the dryer, even the expensive dryers are just a simple flame heating up the works, if you ever looked inside you would be surprised that it doesnt happen more often than it does!

Jun 15, 2009 06:40 AM