How safe is your dryer?According to the US Fire Administration (USFA), about 2,900 dryer fires occur each year in the United States. These fires caused five deaths, about 100 injuries and over $35 million in property losses annually. While the leading cause of dryer fires is accumulated dust, fiber and lint, the type of exhaust hose you install can greatly reduce your risk of fire.
Using a plastic or vinyl dryer hose can cause fires, according to the USFA. The photo shows in the top half the type of dryer exhaust hose you should use. If you are currently using the bottom type, a plastic hose, replace it immediately. These types of hoses can melt or ignite.
It’s always a good idea to take a few other preventative measures. 1) Clean your lint filter after each cycle. 2) Install a smoke alarm in your laundry room or adjacent to your dryer. 3) Never leave the dryer running when you’re away from home. 4) Never vent your dryer anywhere except directly outdoors. Venting into an attic or soffit is a recipe for fire and violates most local fire codes.
The average cost of a dryer fire if it’s contained to the room of origin ran just under $1,800 in the past few years, according to USFA. However, dryer fires that spread beyond the room of origin had an average cost of just over $49,000. Money is only part of the equation if a dryer fire breaks out in your home, however. Who can put a dollar value on the injury or death of a loved one, or the death of a beloved family pet, should a fire break out?
Cut rate auto and homeowners insurance may cost you big in the long run.
You no doubt frequently receive solicitations and ads from insurance companies promising to save you money on your auto or homeowners insurance. Most consumers are looking at each expense they pay to cut costs. However, buying cut-rate insurance may cost you much more in the long run.
Insurance is your first line of defense against life’s calamities. After a loss, these are just a few of the problems a good insurance company can help you solve.
Provide prompt and courteous service year round after a loss.
Provide knowledgeable adjusters who can assist you in making important post-loss decisions.
Find a top-rated repair shop to repair your damaged car.
Promptly and conveniently provide a replacement vehicle while your vehicle is in the shop if you purchased rental coverage.
Pay for a similar alternative living space if you are unable to occupy your home after a loss.
If you are sued after a loss, provide a strong defense with excellent legal counsel.
Provide prompt board-up services after a loss.
Help you locate a trustworthy contractor if your home or roof is damaged.
Cut-rate insurance carriers cost less because they generally provide fewer services and less coverage. The decision to purchase insurance should go beyond price. Protection for your home and family after a loss is priceless.
Several of my friends have recently been involved in auto accidents and found themselves lacking rental reimbursement coverage and gap coverage. Gap coverage helps make up the difference between a totaled new car and its depreciation if the vehicle is damaged while the owner is still “upside down.” A good independent insurance agent can help you avoid these necessary coverage gaps.
Don’t get suckered into buying insurance solely based on the lowest premium. If you have a loss, cheapest may cost you.