If you’re a responsible adult in 2015, you’ve probably got a fire extinguisher somewhere in your home. You’ve probably got functioning smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and maybe even fire-resistant home siding. In short, you’re probably pretty careful about fire safety.
Even if this is the case (and it probably is), there are still some important fire hazards that go completely unnoticed by even the most responsible of homeowners. What are they, and what can you do to minimize the risk to your home, your family, and yourself? Let’s take a look.
Clogged Dryer Vents and Other Ductwork
Dryer lint is just about the most flammable thing on the planet. Well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s flammable enough to be a problem when it accumulates significantly in your drying machine’s venting systems. Lint accumulates, has heat from the dryer pushed through it, and eventually combusts. It sounds silly, but it happens fairly often.
The solution? Get your dryer ducts cleaned at least annually. Preferred Hood & Duct is a good vent and duct cleaning service in the Connecticut area.
Old, Outdated Appliances
Old, worn-out appliances like microwaves and televisions can have wiring that’s deteriorated and not compatible with other modern electrical systems. This can lead to sparking or internal combustion that can be the cause of more severe fires. Remember, one spark is all it takes.
What to do? Replace old and malfunctioning appliances, and don’t overload outlets or circuits with too much demand.
You wouldn’t think it, but gutters clogged with leaves and other debris can actually pose a significant fire hazard. Think about it: dead leaves and twigs dry out over time. Then, they get hit with a spark from a camp fire, a neighboring house fire, or even an ember from a backyard barbecue. We think you can figure out what happens next.
Backed up and improperly functioning gutters can also cause rot in a home’s insulation or foundation, another potential fire risk.
For this, and several other reasons, it’s important to have your gutters regularly cleaned and maintained. If you’re in Connecticut or Western New York State, call the experts at CT Gutter for reliable gutter service.