Dryer Vent Cleaning to Prevent Dryer Fires in Broward County

Dryer vent cleaning is the #1 way to prevent dryer fires. Over 15,000 clothes dryer fires happen every year with failure to clean dryer vents being the number one cause. Consumers wishing to promote fire safety within their homes must take steps to ensure dryer fire prevention.

Other causes of dryer fires include improper dryer vent installation or the wrong type of venting material. Dryer vent tubes should be constructed of rigid metal, not vinyl or flexible foil.

Some dryer fires are caused by storage of combustible material near the dryer and mechanical or electrical problems. There are many ways we can enhance fire safety to prevent home fires:

• Keep a working fire extinguisher, designed for use in the laundry area
• Test smoke alarms and replace batteries frequently
• Clean the lint screen between loads of laundry
• Wash the lint screen monthly with soap and water to prevent residue buildup from dryer sheets
• Refrain from drying fabrics soaked in combustible substances
• Store flammable items far away from your dryer
• Have professional dryer vent cleaning done annually
• Make sure the dryer vent system is up to code according to city, state, and manufacturer criteria
• Use only semi-rigid or solid metal material for venting systems
• Be sure dryer vent systems are as straight and short as possible to prevent buildup at the elbows
• Frequently check outside dryer vent cover for signs of blockage, freezing, or damage
• Develop and rehearse a fire safety/emergency plan for the household

When it comes to annual appliance maintenance, dryer vent cleaning is too often overlooked. Though most devastating, fire is not the only hazard when dryers are not venting properly. A poorly vented clothes dryer will cost significantly more money to operate because the dryer will be overworking to do its job. Poor venting with any gas appliance is a carbon monoxide hazard. Inadequate dryer vent systems allow excess moisture into the home, resulting in mold and mildew damage; air-born mold spores pose a health threat to residents, especially young children.

Horatio Chiorean, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard of Palm Beach along with fellow nationwide franchisees is committed to preventing such tragedies by educating the public about the dangers of not maintaining the dryer venting system. Horatio provides dryer vent cleaning, dryer vent repair, dryer vent installation for homes and businesses in Palm Beach County, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Highland Beach, Gulfstream, Ocean Ridge, Boynton Beach, Lantana, Manalapan, Hypoluxo, Lake Worth, Lake Park, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Jupiter, Tequesta, Greenacres, Broward County, Coral Springs, Tamarac, Sunrise, Plantation, Weston, Davie, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, and neighboring cities and communities.

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