It is no secret that one sure way to keep your insurance costs low is have no claims; “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” You can reduce your chance of having a claim in many homeowner areas, one of which are dryer fires.
Failure to properly keep your dryer venting system free from lint is one of the leading causes of house fires. Most of these fires happen in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.
While it may be hard to believe, dryer fires are a fairly common cause of home fires. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, dryers cause an average of 14,700 fires each year. According to FEMA, this will result in deaths and hundreds of injuries annually and over $238 Million in property damage.
Preventative measures to reduce this fire risk include:
- Cleaning the lint filter before each load of laundry
- Thoroughly cleaning the lint buildup from around the dryer
- Hire a professional annually to clean and inspect the dryer vent system.
- Replace the foil, ribbed duct work with a smooth noncombustible duct.
For this and other preventative measures to protect you home, reduce your risk, and save on insurance contact one of our risk advisors today; call or text us at 800-800-8990.