Stuarts Draft Volunteer Fire Co.

Dryer Vents

  • Check your dryer vent and vent hose regularly for lint accumulation. Heat build-up could spark a fire in the hose of your dryer.

  • Dryer vents should be made of rigid metal. Flexible plastic vents can be damaged by high heat, age and contact with other objects, while accordion vents (plastic or metal) can crimp and are more likely to trap lint.

  • The vent should be run as short a distance as possible, never more than 25 feet in a straight line.

  • All vents should discharge directly to the home's exterior, never to a crawl space, attic, garage or chimney. Make sure you have a backdraft damper at the termination point.