Don’t become a fire statistic…fires can cause the loss of life & property! Avoid dryer fires and play it safe….generally they are easily preventable.
Lint that is allowed to accumulate in the vent pipe of your clothes dryer can be a potential fire hazard. The problem can compound itself when the vent pipe is:
- crushed / kinked
- has a number of bends / joints in it
- termination points are blocked by birds / rodent nests
- has clogged screens
If you have observed any lint in and around your clothes dryer or vent pipe, this may be an indication of a blockage.
It is recommended that you inspect and clean the vent pipe on a regular and periodic basis thereafter. Cleaning the lint trap each time you use the dryer is also recommended to reduce lint build up. Use of a smooth metal vent pipe (as opposed to a corrugated plastic vent pipe) can minimize / reduce lint build up. Gas clothes dryers should not use a plastic vent pipe.
A build up of lint will increase your drying times, use more energy and cause the dryer to overheat.