Have you considered your dryer vent?
More than likely, you’re not thinking about your dryer vent when you’re clearing snow. Probably, you’re thinking about snow, when the next snowfall is coming – and when you can finally sit down and enjoy that steaming mug of hot chocolate.
But, it’s time to start thinking about your dryer vent. If your vent doesn’t have a clear, unhindered path to the outdoors it can:
- Become a fire hazard
- Put you at risk of carbon monoxide exposure
When your dryer vent is clogged or impeded by ice or snow, it can cause your dryer to overheat. Combine that heat with tinder-like lint and fire becomes a real possibility. And, of course, a clogged dryer vent can cause the accumulation of carbon monoxide inside your home.
Don’t rely on chinooks
Chinooks are great to help out with melting the snow around your vent. But, if you rely on mild weather, and to keep your dryer vent clear, chances are you won’t think of it during a cold snap when the hot air melts snow into an ice pillar that will slowly creep back and block your dryer vent. Then, things get either dangerous or very difficult to try to manage.
And, of course, those Lethbridge winds have a tendency to drift snow around your dryer vent which can cause plug ups – so a lack of snow is no excuse to ignore your dryer vent either. Make sure you take care to check it every now and again throughout the winter.
Maintain your safety this winter
It’s very easy to go into hibernation mode every winter, never leaving the house except to go to a warming vehicle, but it’s important to consider all the hazards snow can create and nip them in the bud before they grow into a larger issue. Otherwise. it’s not just a City of Lethbridge snow removal ticket you may find.
Look forward to more snow shovelling tips from the experts this winter to help you make it through the winter best as you can!
Stay safe out there, folks!