Dryer Vents and Christmas Trees – Home Fire Hazards

Dryer vent cleaning is the number way to prevent dryer fires. Failure to clean dryer vents is usually cause of dryer related fires. The Wizard of Modesto would like to provide some special holiday fire safety tips in addition to proper dryer vent maintenance to ensure a safe and happy holiday season to all.

The number of home fires increases around holiday time resulting in deaths, injuries and loss of homes. Here are some tips that will reduce fire hazards during the holidays:

Live Christmas Trees

When live trees catch fire they can quickly fill a home with smoke and deadly gases. When using a live tree select a fresh-cut tree. Needles should be green and hard to bend or break. The trunk should be sticky. If the tree was cut too long ago the needles will be falling off and the trunk will be dry; this is a fire hazard.

When the holidays are over, take your tree to a recycling center or have it hauled by your waste removal company. Do not attempt to burn it in your fireplace or wood burning stove.

Holiday Lights and Decorations

Check your holiday lights for frayed wires, broken light sockets and other signs of damage or wear. Do not overload electrical outlets or string too many strands together. Read directions for recommendations and safety precautions.

Use flame resistant decorations; if you use an artificial tree, be sure it is also flame resistant. Use care with candles, placing them on a stable surface and out of reach of small children.

What do dryer vents and Christmas lights have in common? The Wizard has the answer, “Never go to sleep or leave the house if the dryer is running and the Christmas lights are on.”

James Smith is the Modesto, California Wizard and he takes great pride in his work. In order to provide the very best service possible, he has gone the extra mile to further his education by becoming CSIA Certified (contractor license #943017) in dryer exhaust services.

James Smith, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard, wishes all his customers a fire-safe and happy holiday season. Dryer Vent Wizard of Modesto, California provides dryer vent cleaning, dryer vent repair, dryer vent installation, dryer vent inspections and all dryer vent services for homes and businesses in Stanislaus County, Modesto, Oakdale, Riverbank, Waterford, Ceres, Turlock, Patterson, Grayson, Hughson, Newman, Salida, Keyes, Denair, Livermore, San Joaquin County, Tracy, Stockton, Manteca, Lodi, Lathrup, Escalon, Ripon, Livermore and neighboring cities and communities

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