By now, you are probably aware of the dangers that dryer vents can pose. If you are not among the enlightened, then welcome. Make yourself at home. Like many useful things, dryer vents have their own dark side that its users need to be vigilant of. What is this ‘dark side’ that I speak of? How about the fact that dryer vents are a very common cause for house fires.
All of a sudden, the danger is now very, very real.
But what can you do about this? How can you prevent tragedy from striking? Well, fortunately for you and me, there are always precautions you can take. A less wise or a more careless owner may end up overlooking these precautions, but you should be neither. Vigilance is an absolute must, so for the sake of your home’s safety, here are some precautions to never overlook:
- Never use the dryer without a lint filter: Lint, have you heard of it? It’s the flammable element that tends to build up in your dryer vent. It’s imperative to protect your dryer, so please, do yourself a favor and never, ever, use it if you don’t have a lint filter.
- Ensure that your air exhaust vent pipe isn’t restricted: Have you begun to notice that it’s taking a lot longer than usual for your laundry to dry up? If so, you may want to check your air exhaust vent pipe for any restrictions or obstructions. Again, lint is the typical culprit, so clean it out or have somebody else do it. Whatever works for you, as long as you get it done.
- Ensure that the right outlet and plug are used: This should be quite self-explanatory. If your machine is connected the right way, then you’ve got nothing to worry about. If it isn’t, well, maybe you’ll have something to worry about in the near future if you don’t do anything about it right now.
- Make sure the dryer is turned off before you leave the home or go to sleep: Remember that a simple act of carelessness can cost you everything: your home, your belongings, and for those worst case scenarios, even your life. Be wise, be disciplined, and make sure everything’s turned off.
Keep those bases covered and you should be good to go. There isn’t anything complicated about ensuring your safety. Just the proper know-how and the right consistency. Your home and your life is owed that much.