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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Atlanta Dryer Vent Doctor Warns Consumers About Dryer Related Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Every year unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning is estimated to cause approximately 2100 deaths in the United States.  Common household Sources include gas appliances, furnaces, and hot water heaters.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO could kill you before you ever notice. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include headaches, fatigue and nausea. The effects of exposure to CO can vary greatly from person to person depending on overall health and length of exposure. This is the reason that all gas dryers must be vented outdoors according to manufacturers specifications.

Matthew Bales, owner of Atlanta Dryer Vent Doctor, said "A gas dryer with a clogged dryer vent is something we see all the  time.  Most people have no idea how dangerous this can be.“  When gas appliances, including clothes dryers, are not properly vented or restricted by lint, CO can escape into your home. Unfortunately the  newer more energy efficient homes keep gases like CO from escaping. Regular dryer vent maintenance is necessary to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

It is important to be sure your gas dryer's vent is properly installed. The vent should
provide adequate ventilation with minimal air leaks. Over time lint will gather in your dryer vent restricting the airflow.  Dryer Vent Doctor suggests yearly dryer duct cleaning to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. In addition to carbon monoxide poisoning, failure to clean your dryer vent could result in a dryer vent fire. Over 15,000 dryer fires occur every year. 

Carbon Monoxide is considered the silent killer. You can't smell this stuff. If you have gas appliances be sure your home is equipped with carbon monoxide detectors.  If you use a gas dryer be sure dryer vent cleaning is performed yearly. Visit www.dryer-vent-doctor.com for more valuable dryer vent safety tips.

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