Fire prevention: Cleaned out your dryer vent duct lately?

May 24, 2011
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Paul Smith of Longview cleans out the lint trap on his dryer
every use. But a recent Daily News story about a Kelso house fire
really gave him religion about keeping dryer ducts clean.

When he read that the fire was caused by a clogged dryer vent,
Smith took a look into the dryer vent in his home on Haryu Road
west of Longview. What he saw shocked him.

He blew out enough lint in the ventilation hose to nearly fill a
quarter of a five-gallon bucket.

That’s nine years of accumulated lint, he said Monday morning.
He was so astounded by the buildup that he emailed photos to Chief
Dave LaFave of Cowlitz 2 Fire Rescue.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes! I had no idea there could be that
much lint!” he wrote in the email.

“We were pretty happy to hear our fire prevention messages are
sticking in the community,” said Cowlitz 2 spokesman Brian
Ditterick. “Our No. 1 goal is to prevent fires, and our No. 2 goal
is to suppress them.”

Smith, 58, said his home is less than 10 years old and cost him
and his wife, Laura, more than $280,000. A fire

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