A Second Look At Fire Safety

guest blog by Nila Ridings

Wow! $20 and a canister the size of a tuna can proves to be a life saver.

Hardware stores sell them. Installation is simple. Buy one for you and one for a gift…far better benefits than another pair of slippers or a chotsky for the bookshelf.

(KCTV5 story on fire suppression device)

And…Don’t Let The Dryer Start A Fire!

Clean the lint trap with every use. And keep the exit lines cleaned, too.

Sometimes this might require hiring a professional. I found a company that cleans heating and cooling duct work that also cleans dryer lines. I had this done when I bought my townhouse and was shocked when I saw the pile of lint outside. The technician said from his experience I was lucky I did not have a fire. And from the volume of accumulated lint it probably had not been cleaned since the place was built twenty years earlier!

(Consumer Reports story on dryer fires)


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