When was the last time you had your dryer vent cleaned? Did you know that lint and debris can build up in your clothes dryer duct which causes it to work overtime, creating a potentially hazardous condition which includes dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in your home and even fires. The following tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) can help keep your dryer venting efficiently working while keeping your family safe.
- Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
- Do not use your dryer without a lint filter.
- Make sure you clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry.
- Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
- Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating once a year, or more often have a professional Dryer Vent Cleaning service to come and clean your dryer vents.
- Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a professional to make sure the gas line and connection are intact and free of links.
- Make sure the right plug and outlet are used that the machine is connected properly.