Home fires are something we always think will happen to someone else. But according to The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) the most recent statistics indicate that in 2013 there were 369,500 home fires that took 2,755 lives, injured 12,200 individuals, and did approximately $6.8 Billion in damages.
The major causes of home fires according to the NFPA are candles, cooking, electrical, heating, smoking, clothes dryers, medical oxygen, and portable fireplaces.
According to the Cushman Insurance Group (among the companies that have to pay for the damage) clogged clothes dryer vents are the number one cause of house fires. But simply cleaning out the lint screen on your dryer isn’t enough because approximately 75 percent of the lint goes into the vent (and supposedly out of the house).
Clean the duct leading from the dryer to the outside vent regularly. The longer the vent and the more bends it has, the more likely it is for lint to build up. Some insurers recommend replacing plastic or foil vents with metal vents because they don’t sag and trap lint.
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