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Dryer Lint~ Fire Hazard

Clothes Dryer Lint Is a Fire Hazard

By Mary Marlowe Leverette

Updated 10/18/19

How to Clean Dryer Vents
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A clothes dryer doesn’t look scary or dangerous. Unfortunately, it is the cause of more than 20,000 house fires every year totaling millions of dollars in damage. Regular cleaning and maintenance can protect your family and your home investment.

Get Rid of Dangerous Lint in the Dryer

Whether you use an electric or gas clothes dryer, you will have lint. Lint builds up in the lint trap, as well as inside the dryer vent and ductwork, reducing airflow and drying efficiency. Lint can cause humidity levels to rise around vents causing mildew and mold to develop in walls and insulation. But most importantly: Lint is combustible. Lint causes fires.

The first area to clean after every load is the dryer lint trap by removing the lint from the screen and wiping clean the edges. If the screen seems clogged, that is dryer sheet residue. Submerge the lint screen in a sink of hot water and scrub with a soft-bristled brush to remove all the built-up fabric softener.

Use a long-handled flexible brush to help you reach areas that you cannot get to by hand. Remove the dryer lint filter and use the brush in the opening to gently loosen the built-up lint. Don’t force the brush if you meet resistance but be sure to clean every surface as much as possible.

Remove the big chunks of lint that come out with the brush. Don’t worry about the smaller pieces. Replace the cleaned lint filter. Turn the dryer setting to air only and run for a cycle. This will pull any remaining lint into the filter or blow the loose particles out the outside vent.

How to Clean Dryer Vents

At least once per year, unplug the dryer and check the area where the exhaust vent connects to the dryer. The hose or pipe is held in place by a clip or a steel clamp that can be loosened with pliers or a screwdriver. After removing the pipe, reach inside the dryer opening or use a vent brush to remove as much lint as possible. Use a damp cloth to wipe away remaining lint around the connection. Then look inside the hose or pipe and clean it as well.

Warning

If you still have a white or silver vinyl duct hose, it should be replaced immediately. The material is flammable and if lint is ignited by the dryer the hose will burn and cause a house fire. All national and local building codes now require metal ductwork for clothes dryers.

Ideally, you should use rigid aluminum tubing pieces between the dryer and the outside vent. This type of tubing resists the collection of lint in the duct and cannot be easily crushed. Flexible aluminum ducting is available, however, it is more prone to collecting lint inside.

One last step is to clean the exterior vent. Again remove as much lint as possible using your hand or a brush. You may need a screwdriver or another tool to hold the vent flap open for easier cleaning. If you live in a high humidity area or use your dryer more than twice weekly, you should clean this vent several times per year.

Reduce Fire Hazards by Installing the Dryer Correctly

A clothes dryer should not vent inside your home or attic. The exhaust contains too much humid air and can cause problems with mold and mildew. A ventless dryer should be used if outside venting is not possible.

The maximum length of a clothes dryer exhaust duct should not exceed 25 feet from the dryer location to the wall or roof termination. The maximum length of the duct should be reduced two and one-half feet for each 45-degree bend, and five feet for each 90-degree bend. The maximum length of the exhaust duct does not include the transition duct.

Be certain that you have a 220v grounded electrical outlet available for an electric dryer. A professional should always be hired to connect or install gas lines for gas dryers.

Dryer Safety

  • Clothing that has been soiled by volatile chemicals like gasoline, cleaning agents or even large amounts of cooking oil should not be dried in a clothes dryer. If they must be dried in the machine, wash the clothing more than once to minimize the risk of fire. Use the lowest heat setting and shortest drying cycle possible. Use a cycle with a cool-down period at the end of the cycle to prevent ignition.
  • Never leave a dryer running when no one is at home.
  • Never store volatile chemicals or rags near a dryer. Some liquids emit vapors than ignite. The area around the dryer should be kept free of lint, papers, and stacks of clothing.
  • If you suspect a fire, get everyone outside and call 911. Disconnect the power immediately or turn off the breakers if you can do so safely. Keep a fully-charged fire extinguisher in the laundry room. 

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Halloween Drinks For Kids

14 Cool Halloween Drink Ideas

Candy corn is my favorite Halloween treat; It fills up my candy dish every year. My kids love them, too! That’s why I got so excited when I found this Candy Corn Cooler recipe on Quick Dish. It’s made with orange syrup, whip cream, and lemonade or orange juice. It’s a lot easier than it looks because the orange syrup naturally sinks to the bottom.

Pudrid Punch

It’s amazing how a little bit of food coloring can turn an ordinary punch into something fun. Use labels and other decorations to make a Halloween drink that the kids will never forget; bug juice, vampire blood, witch’s brew, octopus punch, or swamp water. All you will need is a creepy name to add to the excitement.

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Creative Halloween Drinks For Kids
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Bat Juice

This Bat Juice is one of the easiest Halloween drink recipes I’ve seen so far. Fill a bottle of 7up or Sprite with black twizzlers, and let them sit for several hours in the refrigerator to infuse. To top it off, throw a couple of black twizzlers in each drink to use as a straw.

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Pumpkin Pop 

Orange soda pop brings back memories from my childhood. It was a rare treat, but one I enjoyed tremendously! Remove the labels from orange Crush bottles (available in glass and plastic) and use a Sharpie or dry erase marker to draw cute little jack-o-lanterns. You can also embellish the rims with green ribbon to resemble to stem.

14 Cool Halloween Drink Ideas
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Cemetery Slime Punch

This Cemetery Slime Punch is kind of like a root beer float, but Halloween style. It’s made with chocolate and vanilla frozen yogurt, root beer, and gummy worms. The root beer and frozen yogurt combined create the ghastly foam effect. Yum!

14 Cool Halloween Drink Ideas
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Spooky Milk Shooters

The perfect pairing for your holiday cookies; milk shooters! These are adorable. Draw little faces on your mini glasses, rim them with Nutella, and then dip them in Halloween sprinkles. You could even line these up at a party buffet next to the cookies and brownies.

14 Cool Halloween Drink Ideas
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Swamp Juice

Mmmmm, swamp juice. It’s made with lemonade, seltzer water, and food coloring. This kid’s drink looks like it came strait from Shrek’s kitchen. For a party, consider a punch bowl full of it surrounded by dry ice.

14 Cool Halloween Drink Ideas
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Boo-Nilla Milkshakes

These milkshakes are so fun! Use melted chocolate to paint faces inside of your glass, and then fill with your favorite vanilla milkshake recipe. Martha Stewart also has an easy recipe.

14 Cool Halloween Drink Ideas
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Mummy Juice Boxes

Adhesive-backed googly eyes and white electrical tape make for scary little juice box sippers. Try to avoid covering the hole where the straw is suppose to poke through. This would be a cute surprise for their school lunch box.

14 Cool Halloween Drink Ideas
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Halloween Bottle Labels

Halloween bottle labels make it easy to decorate and add little bit of excitement to any Halloween party. Many of the links below provide free printable Halloween bottle labels. There is also a large variety available on Amazon. Slap them on your 2 liters of soda, water bottles, or individual drink bottles. For adults, you can also find them in custom sizes for beer and wine bottles. They make for great gifts, too!

14 Cool Halloween Drink Ideas
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Eyeball Tableware

This is AWESOME. Martha Stewart offers free eyeball clipart that you can enlarge or reduce in size to fit your glassware. Use decoupage glue (or watered down regular Elmer’s glue) to apply them to the bottom of your glass plates, cups, and pitchers for this creepy eyeball effect. They wash off with a little warm water and soap when you’re done.

14 Cool Halloween Drink Ideas
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Creepy Floaters

For creepy floaters, fill ice cube trays with plastic spiders, bugs, or gummy worms, and then freeze with water. It will take any ordinary drink and turn it into a repulsive refreshment. Eyeball ice cubes using peeled radishes and green olives are the creepiest of them all, although better for adult drinks.

14 Cool Halloween Drink Ideas
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DIY Halloween Party Cups

Make easy Halloween cups with the use of plastic eyes, Sharpies, and white paper streamers. This is a fun project for the kids. Use a hot glue gun to hold your googly eyes and streamer in place to create fun little mummy cups. Don’t have the supplies on hand? The Sharpie comes in handy, once again! Decorate your cups with jack-o-lantern faces, Frankenstein heads, wicked witches, or any other Halloween character.

14 Cool Halloween Drink Ideas
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14 Cool Halloween Drink Ideas
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Halloween Straw Toppers

This is another easy Halloween drink idea that the kids will love! For some reason, a straw makes a drink so much more fun. My daughter will drink anything with a bendable straw. Have the kids make their own Halloween straw toppers, or check out Etsy.com for a variety of custom made straws for Halloween.

14 Cool Halloween Drink Ideas
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Frankenstein Pretzels Recipe

Frankenstein Pretzels
Spread peanut butter onto half of the square pretzels, then place the remaining pretzels on top. Stir coconut oil into melted white chocolate, then add a few drops of green food coloring to the mixture and whisk to combine. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Carefully, add the peanut butter-filled pretzels to the green chocolate mixture and toss until fully coated. Using a fork, transfer to the baking sheet. Sprinkle the chocolate jimmies on the top of each to create hair, then add two candy eyes to each. Break mini pretzels into small pieces to create ears and stick a small piece into each side of the head. Pour the melted chocolate into a plastic bag and snip a little piece off of the corner. Draw a mouth onto the pretzels with the chocolate.

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Eclectic~Word of the Week

Definition of eclectic

 (Entry 1 of 2)1: composed of elements drawn from various sources also : heterogeneous 2: selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles

Definition of eclectic (Entry 2 of 2): one who uses a method or approach that is composed of elements drawn from various sources : one who uses an eclectic method or approach

Other Words from eclectic

Adjectiveeclectically \ i-​ˈklek-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē

How to pronounce eclectically (audio) , e-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for eclectic

Synonyms: Adjective

assorted, heterogeneous, indiscriminate, kitchen-sink, magpie, miscellaneous, mixed, motley, patchwork, piebald, promiscuous, raggle-taggle, ragtag, varied

Antonyms: Adjective

Eclectic Has a Philosophical History

Adjective

Eclectic comes from a Greek verb meaning “to select” and was originally applied to ancient philosophers who were not committed to any single system of philosophy; instead, these philosophers selected whichever doctrines pleased them from every school of thought. Later, the word’s use broadened to cover other selective natures. “Hard by, the central slab is thick with books / Diverse, but which the true eclectic mind / Knows how to group, and gather out of each / Their frequent wisdoms….” In this 19th century example from a poem by Arthur Joseph Munby, for example, the word is applied to literature lovers who cull selective works from libraries.

Examples of eclectic in a Sentence

AdjectiveAll around us, fishers galumphed past.  … They carried an eclectic array of rods, nets, buckets and coolers.— Stephen C. Sautner, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2000 Her witty, mordant and splendidly vinegary observations were informed by broad and eclectic reading.— George F. Will, Newsweek, 24 May 1999 The polo crowd is eclectic and dangerously hagridden with narcissism and treachery, and that is the way they like it.— Hunter S. Thompson, Rolling Stone, 15 Dec. 1994 … big wheels of country bread and eclectic selections of pâtés, hams, cheeses, honey and all sorts of homemade cookies and sweets.— Per-Henrik Mansson, Wine Spectator, 28 Feb. 1993 The collection includes an eclectic mix of historical artifacts. the museum’s eclectic collection has everything from a giraffe skeleton to medieval musical instruments See More

First Known Use of eclectic

Adjective

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eclectic

Adjective

borrowed from Greek eklektikós “picking out, selecting what appears to be best,” from eklektós “picked out, select” (verbal adjective of eklégein “to pick out, select,” from ek- ec- + légein “to collect, gather, count, say”) + -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at legend

Noun

borrowed from Greek eklektikós “any of a group of philosophers who selected beliefs from a variety of schools of thought,” noun derivative of eklektikós eclectic entry 1

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Anti Aging Exercises

7 Ultimate Anti-Aging Exercises…

https://www.prevention.com/fitness/fitness-tips/a20457262/7-ultimate-anti-aging-exercises/

The best tricks to stop the clock By Amy Rushlow Aug 12, 2013

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It’s no secret that working out keeps you younger—both in terms of the energy you have and your physical ability to keep doing the things you love. “Fitness is a youth serum,” says physical therapist and fitness expert Maureen Hagan. “Fitness affects how youthful you look, the way you move, and your ability to do whatever you want, whenever.”

Hagan has been training clients for more than 20 years with a focus on active aging, and is also a regularly published research reviewer on the same topic. This past weekend at the IDEA World Fitness Convention, Hagan presented the healthy aging secrets she’s learned from both practice and clinical research. Don’t worry, we’re not about to overhaul your favorite workout. No matter how old you are or what you like to do for exercise, you can use Hagan’s secrets to move better, protect yourself from injury, and feel younger.

1. Squat right

“People say to me, ‘Oh I can’t squat, it hurts my knees,’” and then they go and pick up their bag of groceries from the floor,” Hagan says. The point: You squat all the time, so it’s essential that you learn to do it properly. For women, that means turning your toes out slightly. This simple fix allows your femur to line up properly in the hip joint, causing your knees to track over your ankles instead of caving in. The result: a stronger knee joint and less chance of knee pain. (Men have a different hip structure, so they should squat with toes forward.) Also, “women really do need to step their feet slightly wider than their hips,” Hagan adds. “Without the wider stance than hip-width, that knee tracking and movement at the hip cannot happen.”

2. Hack your genetics

Ever hear that you can’t change your genes? That’s only partially true. While you can’t change your genetic makeup, you can change how certain genes are expressed—that is, how much they do whatever they do. And strength training is one of the best ways to do that. Only 26 weeks of resistance training reverses the aging process at the genetic level, research shows. “You can actually train your tissues to behave the way they did when you were younger,” Hagan says. Furthermore, resistance training preserves muscle mass that we typically lose as we age—5 pounds per decade, on average. (We also gain an average of 10 pounds of fat per decade. “That’s certainly not fair! It should at least be even!” Hagan says. Agreed!) Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

3. Play on the brain gym

Exercise is a physical crossword puzzle, Hagan likes to say. The more activity you can do that also engages your brain, the better. These can involve reaction training (such as playing tennis or racquetball), memorizing choreography (like you would in step class or Zumba), and changing direction (common in step, kickboxing, and dance classes). 

4. Do more cardio than you think you need

While U.S. guidelines call for 150 minutes of cardio per week, Hagan’s examination of research found that 240 minutes per week is optimal for heart health. Aerobic activity improves mitochondrial function (the work of energy-producing organelles in cells), which typically decreases with age. Four hours of cardio a week sound like too much? “If you don’t have much time, interval training is one of the most efficient ways to exercise at high enough levels to improve aerobic fitness,” Hagan says. Click here for tips on how to add intervals to your workout.

5. Make your two brains talk to each other

Include some moves where you cross your legs and arms over the midline of your body. Why? The connection between the right and left hemispheres of your brain deteriorates as you age, which causes “brain farts” (technical name: brain delays) as the hemispheres have trouble communicating with one another, Hagan explains. Crossing limbs forces the two sides of your brain to talk to one another, strengthening the connection between hemispheres. (How cool is that?)

6. Embrace high-impact activity

A lot of older people are afraid to jump because it’ll hurt the knees or hips. “But that’s bogus, because you need to jump in everyday life, and you need impact to build bone density,” Hagan says. That doesn’t mean you need to take up Insanity (the DVD series known for crazy-intense jumping moves). A “forceful step” like you’re squishing a bug is enough impact to make a difference. Think of forceful stepping any time you lunge, squat, or march.

7. Get the BAM

The average American walks only 2,000 steps per day, but experts recommend 10,000. “7,500 steps a day is what we Canadians call the BAM, or bare you-know-what minimum, for health,”

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