Avoid Dryer Vent Fires by nuhman10


									                                    Avoid Dryer Vent Fires!
Did you know that dryer vent fires are more common than chimney fires? Extremely combustible lint, dirt and
dust accumulate very quickly inside the dryer vent (the lint screen does not catch all of it).

Recently, a homeowner within Costa Brava experienced a dryer vent fire. Thankfully, the fire was quickly
contained and damage was kept to a minimum.

In a report issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it is estimated that clothes dryers have
been associated with over 15,000 houses fires which resulted in 20 deaths and 370 injuries.


      Clean the lint screen/filter before or after drying each load of clothes.
      Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct periodically.
      Clean behind the dryer, where lint can build up.
      Replace plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting material with corrugated semi-rigid metal duct.
      Take special care when drying clothes that have been soiled with volatile chemicals such as gasoline,
       cooking oils, cleaning agents, or finishing oils and stains.
      Do not leave the house and leave the dryer running.
      Pay attention to how long it is taking your clothes to dry. Excessive drying times may indicate a
       blocked vent or an excessive accumulation of lint.

Regular cleaning of dryer vents has many benefits:

      Helps Prevent Dryer Vent Fires
      Allows Clothes to Dry Faster
      Prevents Dryer Malfunction

While there are vent/duct cleaning kits available at home improvement stores (Home Depot, Lowes, etc.),
many units within Costa Brava have vents which terminate on the roof or other inaccessible areas. It is
recommended that you have the work done by a professional and licensed contractor.

Two companies have provided bids to our Association:

Brian Powers                               Redhot Chimney Sweeps
3T Inc. / BP Services                      269 N. Tustin Avenue
1046 Calle Recodo, Unit D                  Orange CA 92687
San Clemente CA 92676                      www.redhotchimney.com
949-488-3207                               714-771-4328

$200 Per Residence                         $225 Per Residence

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