MINNEAPOLIS – October 22, 2015 – In recognition of National Fire Prevention Month, CenterPoint Energy’s Home Service Plus® is teaming up with the Minneapolis Fire Department (MFD) to put safety first by reminding homeowners to maintain appliances, including cleaning dryer vents, to prevent house fires.
“Dryer vent fires are one of the top five causes for home fires,” said Bryan Tyner, Minneapolis Fire Department Assistant Chief. “Thousands of dryer vent fires occur each year and can completely destroy a home within minutes. CenterPoint Energy’s Home Service Plus® recognizes this hazard and recommends a professionally performed dryer vent cleaning annually. Additionally, cracked heat exchangers in the furnace cause the risk of dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning.”
“With safety our top priority, we want our customers to be safe in their homes and operate natural gas appliances safely and efficiently,” said Tim Boettcher, master service technician for Home Service Plus®. “When a dryer vent becomes clogged with lint the heat is trapped, causing the equipment to overheat which increases the probability for the lint to catch fire.”
CenterPoint Energy and MFD also offer the following important safety tips about how to recognize the signs of clogged traps and vents and avoid fires in the home.
- Watch for increased clothes drying time and clothes or the dryer hot to the touch after the complete dry cycle.
- Watch for an unusually hot or humid laundry room while the dryer is running.
- Never attempt to heat a room with a natural gas range, oven or clothes dryer.
- Be certain fuel-burning equipment properly vents to the outdoors and keep vents and fresh air intakes clear of debris or other obstructions.
- Have fuel-burning equipment regularly checked by a qualified technician, including the furnace heat exchanger (most manufacturers recommend annual check-ups).
- Replace batteries in smoke and CO detection devices at least once a year. Test each alarm monthly by pushing the test button.
Customers can schedule a dryer vent cleaning any time of year and pay at the time of service. Additionally, Home Service Plus® offers a Maintenance Plan
that includes the annual dryer vent cleaning. During two seasonal visits, HSP technicians will perform six important home maintenance activities including: a furnace tune-up, water heater safety check, central air tune-up, cleaning of two bath vent fans, cleaning of the refrigerator coil, and the dryer vent cleaning.
Home Service Plus® is CenterPoint Energy’s non-regulated business providing repair plans, repair and maintenance services and new product sales and installation in the categories of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and home appliances. HSP serves the Minneapolis / St. Paul Twin Cities metro area and Greater Minnesota. Visit HSPtoday.com
or call 877-HSP-1664 to learn more about Home Service Plus® and schedule your dryer vent cleaning and furnace tune-up.
CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com.