Commercial dryer vents carry lint from cotton and nylon clothing through your building’s ventilation system and into the air being breathed. When these vents become damaged or dirty they create resistance and increased pressure on the clothes dryer’s internal blower—which can result in the rising temperatures in the dryer system that can ignite the flammable lint!
Uncleaned dryer vents are the cause of a substantial number of damages, and injuries annually.
Your legal responsibilities: “Laundry extract systems should form part of the building manager’s fire risk assessment and are covered by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This advises that laundry extract systems should be regularly inspected and the ductwork cleaned in order to prevent fires. Failure to do so may be construed as negligence and may also compromise your insurance cover, as well as impacting your workers’ health and putting them at increased risk from fire”
Launderettes, health care providers, hotels, nursing homes, health clubs and other businesses throughout the South East that do high volumes of laundry need to schedule routine dryer duct maintenance. In a commercial setting, the dryers often run continuously, leading to even more build up than your typical residence, so the chances of a fire are even greater.