Dying in a fire is NOT on my bucket list.
July 30, 2014 5:56 PM Subscribe
Everyone in my building has to run their dryer for three cycles to dry their clothes. Nobody seems particularly concerned. Management says the problem isn't with the dryers (which they sent people to clean out) but with something or other in the walls (the pipes?) and eventually they'll need to open the walls to fix it. They don't seem to be treating it as an urgent matter, though. Should I?
posted by artemisia to Home & Garden (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Having to dry a load on high for 180 minutes is one thing, but what drove me to AskMefi tonight was a horrific article I randomly encountered about a house fire that spread too quickly for smoke detectors to give the alert. As my dryer buzzed, it suddenly occurred to me: should I be concerned about a fire hazard resulting from whatever is wrong inside the walls?
The management has told me only what I wrote above: something vague about how ALL the dryers vent into a very twisty, old series of passages (inside the walls) that need to be fixed in some way that will require opening the walls first.
From that limited info, should I be concerned enough about fire safety to aggressively agitate for a fix? (And if so, what EXACTLY should I be agitating for, in the short term? A ban on our dryers until the passages in the walls are fixed?)
I know pretty much nothing about home repairs, renovations, appliance safety, fire safety, etc., so I thought I'd put the question to the crowd and ask how worried I should be -- and if I should be worried, what I should be doing/asking/demanding to ensure the safety of myself and other residents.