Dryer Vents and Christmas Lights – What do they have in Common?

Dryer vent cleaning prevents dryer fires; is your dryer vent safe for the holiday season? Dryer Vent Wizard continues to work hard to make clothes dryers safer and more efficient. As they perform their services, they take the time to explain what they are doing and why it is important. Educating customers on dryer fire safety is an important part of their service.

Like dryer vents, Christmas lights are also a fire hazard that many people are not aware of or they just don’t give it much thought. When air flow is blocked, dryer vents overheat and lead to a dryer fire. Old Christmas lights with frayed cords can also over heat and cause a fire.

Dryer vent cleaning is the number one way to prevent dryer fires. Here are some tips for preventing fires caused by Christmas lights:

Choose lights that are safety tested by a reputable laboratory, for example UL (Underwriters Laboratories) or ETL (Electrical Testing Laboratories). This information will be noted on the packaging the lights come in if they are deemed safe by these laboratories.

Use the mini lights; the older style, larger bulbs burn much hotter. Choose lights that have fuses in the plugs.

Check your lights before hanging them each year; look for broken sockets, loose connections and frayed or bare wire.

Check the wattage when replacing burned out bulbs.

For outdoor decorating, check the package to be sure the lights can be used outdoors. Plug outdoor decorations into a GFCI outlet and secure lights with insulated holders, not tacks or nails.

Dryer vents and Christmas lights have more in common than one would think. Both can be fire hazards. Never leave the house or go to sleep when the dryer is running and the Christmas lights are on. Clean dryer vents annually and check Christmas light strands for damage and wear before using. Dryer Vent Wizard wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

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