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Spring Cleaning? Don’t Forget Your Dryer!

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Although it’s a big job, spring cleaning is so rewarding! There’s nothing quite like a new season and a fresh start in your space. 

However, at SERVPRO we always like to remind our customers about the importance of safety when it comes to spring cleaning. Part of that involves bringing attention to often overlooked areas of your home that can pose a fire hazard, if not routinely cleaned properly. 

Here are three easy tips from the National Fire Protection Association to ensure that your dryer is cleaned out completely and safe to operate: 

  1. Check the exterior air exhaust pipe and make sure that the vent flap opens when the dryer is in use. 
  2. Avoid storing flammable items, like cardboard boxes and chemicals, near the dryer.
  3. If your clothes encounter hazardous and flammable liquids like paint thinner, leave them outside to dry before washing and drying in your dryer. 

These are simple strategies, but don’t underestimate their importance when it comes to keeping you, your family, and home safe from fires. 

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 3,000 dryer fires are reported annually, resulting in approximately five fatalities, 100 injuries, and an estimated $35 million in property loss and damages. 

In addition to following the three safety steps above, always clean the actual dryer -- including that lint trap! -- since 34% of dryer fires result from failure to clean the dryer

Stay safe while you spring clean your home this season and keep in mind that SERVPRO of Danvers / Ipswich is never more than a phone call away!

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