Most dryer fires are the result of poor maintenance; however, there are other hazardous conditions to be aware of
Harrisburg PA – According to the Harrisburg Dryer Vent Cleaning Wizard, more than 17,000 dryer fires are reported each year with failure to clean dryer vents cited as the leading cause. Improper dryer vent installation or inferior dryer vent material can also be hazardous. Over 80 percent of American homes have clothes dryers and only 20 percent are aware of the importance of proper dryer vent maintenance.
Jerry Strausbaugh, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard (www.dryerventcleaningharrisburgpa.com/) recalls one dryer fire that was caused by spontaneous combustion. The dryer was not running; in fact, it was not even plugged in! The fire occurred at a day spa in a dryer full of sheets and towels soaked in organic essential oils. The oils decomposed, releasing heat, which was increased by the dampness and weight of the linens.
The fire was contained to the dryer; however, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide had been released and filled the basement. Without any windows to ventilate the fumes, firefighters spent two hours directing the contaminated air up a stairway and out through the first floor.
The Wizard advises his customers to be careful what goes into the dryer as well as what is stored around the dryer. Rags soaked in combustible liquids should be line dried, even if they have been washed first. Residue can remain on the rags and combust in the dryer. Flammable items like cardboard boxes and cleaning supplies should not be stored near the dryer. Even if they do not cause a fire, they will add fuel to allow the flames to spread more rapidly.
Jerry also makes sure his customers are aware that poorly vented gas dryers can be a carbon monoxide hazard. Dryer Vent Wizard provides professional dryer vent installation to comply with current building and safety codes. Regular dryer vent cleaning service by the Wizard is important maintenance to ensure the clothes dryer is operating safely and efficiently.
Dryer Vent Wizard specializes in dryer vent services including dryer vent installation, dryer vent repair and dryer vent cleaning for residents and business owners in Central PA. Visit www.harrisburgdryerventcleaning.blogspot.com/ to learn more.
About Dryer Vent Wizard: Dryer Vent Wizard is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the largest chain of dryer vent cleaning, repair, replacement and alternation specialists in the U.S. with over 60 franchisees in major markets. Dryer Vent Wizard franchisees work to promote public awareness on the importance of dryer vent cleaning to prevent dryer fires and save energy. Consumer education while making clothes dryers safer and greener are the main focus of DVW franchisees. Dryer Vent Wizard was founded in 2004 by Dave Lavalle who is also the founder of the Mr. Handyman franchise.