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Clothes dryer causes Palo Alto house fire

Original post made on Nov 19, 2011

A malfunctioning clothes dryer caused a home fire on Moreno Avenue on Friday afternoon, according to the Palo Alto Fire Department.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, November 19, 2011, 8:28 PM

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Posted by HallMonitor
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Clean the lint screen EVERY TIME.


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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Nov 19, 2011 at 9:14 pm

>>"Clean the lint screen EVERY TIME"

Why? when you can sue the manufacturer ;)


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Posted by Train Neighbor
a resident of Ventura
on Nov 20, 2011 at 12:18 am

The dryer vent duct is likely clogged.

Use a rotary dryer vent cleaner (attaches to cordless drill) or hire a pro. You need to clear out the entire length to avoid fire hazard.

Finally, use the clothesline on sunny days and the lint won't build up as fast.


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Posted by David
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm

The typical cause is flexible dryer duct. Most building codes prohibit it now. The ridges catch lint, builds up, clogs and starts on fire. Use smooth metal duct where possible.


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Posted by stop
a resident of Southgate
on Nov 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm

using clotes dryers all the time. it is a major sorce of air pollution, every neighborhood smells like horrible tide fumes! yecch! for athletes or strollers who arent encaapsulated in an automobile! such a lack of respect for peoples health!.


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