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Missoula Dryer Fires: Clean Lint Traps Save Lives

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

A hand removing lint from a dryer’s lint trap. A clean lint trap saves lives!

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an average of 2,900 residential dryer fires are reported each year, and nearly 1,000 of those (34%) are caused by a failure to properly clean either the lint trap or the vent ductwork. The good news is: it takes just a few simple steps to keep your clothes dryer clean and protect your home from a dryer fire.

The most important step that you and your family can take in preventing dryer fires is to clean the dryer’s lint trap – not once a month or once a week, but every day, after every single drying cycle. Not only will a clean lint trap reduce the risk of a dryer fire in your home, it will also help keep your dryer running efficiently to dry your clothes in less time. Then, do a quick check of the following areas at least once a month: the back of the dryer for lint built-up; the venting system, to ensure it isn’t damaged or restricted; and the outdoor vent covering, to ensure it is unobstructed and opens when the dryer is in use. Once a year, clean the vent system.

If a fire—dryer or otherwise—does occur in your Missoula home, call SERVPRO of Missoula to help. Our team of highly trained fire restoration technicians can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

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