Cleaning lint from the dryer cavity on a yearly basis is one way to
prevent a fire from starting. If a fire starts, how do you minimize
the risk of the fire catching on the wall around the dryer? Type X
drywall looks like one approach that would be best for a dryer nook,
any other suggestions?
Years ago, when I had a gas dryer, I had lint ignite. I had opened the
access panel to clean out under there and it went poof.
Having a fire extinguisher hanging on the wall in the laundry saved the day.
I always position an extinguisher in a location that has a source of
Great! You can sleep soundly then. Unfortunately, things are
different in my world.
Spontaneous combustion of lint buildup inside the dryer cavity,
electrical fire inside dryer (Kenmore and Whirlpool have had this
problem from what I can tell), gas leak, etc.
Why be sorry when it costs so little to be safe?
1. Dryer lint cannot spontaneously combust. Spontaneous combustion requires
an exothermic chemical reation.
2. An electrical file inside a dryer would have to be raging almost
out-of-control before it reached areas containg lint. In which case, the
amount of lint is irrelevant.
Far better to deal with the underlying problem than continually fight the
symptoms. While the cure for paranoia is expensive, the disease can be
mitigated by suitable pills.
Better to take one little pill that spend thousands fireproofing the kitchen
sink, the pet food bowls, all the door-knobs, and the hummingbird feeder.
You know that what I meant was lint ignition by the primary heat
source, but prefer to be smarmy instead of contributing to the
discussion. That is what makes you a troll
Just search for dryer fire and you can pick the ones of electrical
origin from the results:
I guess these are all made-up scare stories.
The underlying problem is that you have a single cavity which contains
heat, flammable material, electricity and/or flammable gas. Dealing
with that underlying problem would mean hanging clothes on the line
It's a DRYER. An appliance with a long history of fire risk. I don't
recall mentioning fireproofing anything else, especially any of your
ridiculous straw men. Where I live, an afternoon with some sheetrock
and paint does not add up to thousands. Again, it's a different world
Well, if you only include residential dryer fires, the number is
less than 13,000.
For the fires that do occur, 70% appear to be attributed to
simple failure to clean the filters and vents.
A regular maintenance schedule is a better investment than
trying do deal with such fires after they start.
Note that 13,000 fires attributed to dryers works out
to around 8/10ths of 1% of all residential fires,
compared to around 46% for cooking-related fires,
and around 19% for heating systems.
Dryer fires barely even register as a threat.
"Clothes dryer fires in residential buildings". Jan, 2007.
A marginal threat should be taken serious; with the potential loss of
life. Here is a collection of stories from 2004 - 2007 of dryer
"If things get any worse, I'll have to ask you to stop helping me."
Well, the truth is, if you're awake, sober, and not being
crushed by a screaming horde of people, it's pretty hard
to die in a structural fire.
Generally, it goes something like:
?? I smell smoke... Holy SHIT! the dryers on fire!
Put it out! Put it out! AAAHHH! Hot, owee owee!
Sunuvabitch. I've got no eyebrows...
Does anyone know anything about the old style gas appliance valves
with the pressure gauge mounted on them? The EMP report said they are
a hazard but didn't elaborate. I have the gas shut off tomorrow to
replace it with a ball valve. Just wondering if the hazard is due to
gas leaking from the nipple or some other issue entirely.
In order for there to be combustion of lint in a dryer, there has to
be an overly large amount of it to grow near the element. To have
lint buildup, you either need a dryer that is prone to collecting lint
(some do more than others) and/or poor venting that retards lint
exhaust from the dryer and promotes buildup. If you have neither
problem, then you won't have a lint combustion problem either. But
even if lint combusts, you may just have a traveling spark, and not
true flames. Even so, can a fire travel outside of a dryer? Probably
the only way to do that is through the exhaust system, and that is
highly unlikely. I think that if there were to be a study of dryer
fires in the USA, we would find out that the problem is not as great
as people think.
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