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Spring Into Fire Safety Tips

"We want people to understand that every year there are approximately 3000 clothing dryer fires in the United States resulting in about $34 million in property lost," said Cpt. Kevin Fox, Frederick County Division of Fire/Rescue Services.

THURMONT, Md. - It's finally starting to feel like spring in the four-state area and with the new season, local fire and rescue services are encouraging residents to spring into fire safety with a few extra steps to keep their homes fire safe.

While you're doing your spring cleaning, emergency personnel suggest cleaning your dryer too.

They say failing to clean your dryer is one of the leading causes for fires throughout the spring time. 

"We want people to understand that every year there are approximately 3000 clothing dryer fires in the United States resulting in about $34 million in property lost," said Cpt. Kevin Fox, Frederick County Division of Fire/Rescue Services.

Officials suggest replacing coiled wire foil or plastic venting with rigid, non -ribbed metal duct to limit airflow restriction.

"Vent pipes typically build up a lot of lint within them and lint is highly combustible and can cause real issues for starting fires," said Fox.

Emergency personnel said one simple way to avoid dryer fire is to be home when your clothes are in the dryer. They said your senses are the first line of defense if something could be wrong.

And if a dryer fire starts, officials said don't put it out, call 911 and leave immediately.

"Smoke can be highly toxic so you want to make sure you recognize that you've got an issue and then  you get out. And let the fire department come, we can come and ventilate and make your, prepare your home so that you can get back in," said Fox. 

Emergency responders are also reminding the public to make sure you have working smoke detectors in your house.

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