You can protect your home from a dryer vent fire in the following ways:
- Clean the lint trap before and after each load of clothes. This will prevent build-up on the screen, which can cause the dryer to overheat.
- Make sure to put in only items that are approved for the dryer. Objects containing rubber or plastic, such as foam-backed rugs and athletic shoes, can increase the risk of combustion in a hot dryer.
- Replace foil or plastic ducts with metal venting material. This type of venting is preferable because of its nonflammable qualities and ability to contain flames. Foil or plastic ducts can lose their shape over time, creating fire hazards.
- Clean the back of the dryer where lint can get trapped.
It is also important to get your dryer professionally cleaned and inspected for proper installation. The Fireplace Doctor is offering a limited time discount of only $59 on dryer vent cleaning and safety inspections for Angie’s List members. Don’t wait! This $120 value ends soon!
As always, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Vargas & Vargas Insurance are here to help with any of your Massachusetts home insurance policy questions and concerns. Call and speak to one today at 877-550-0025. There is never a better time to ensure that your home, automobile and family are getting the right coverage and protection you deserve.