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AG Heroes | Laundry Day Disaster

Mandee Thomas
Jun 12, 2019 8:04:00 AM

Monroe, GA - Saturday: a day for catching up on sleep, favorite TV shows, and, of course, laundry. Even though Morgan didn’t relish the weekly necessity that is laundry, she set to work so that she could enjoy the rest of her weekend. Unfortunately, disaster was about to strike.

She had just transferred a wet load of clothing into the dryer and left the room when the fire alarm began to blare. Seeing smoke billowing from the laundry room, her heart started to race—she knew she needed to get outside.

As she made her way to the front lawn, she received a call from AvantGuard operator, Abigail. Abigail told her that she had received a signal from Morgan’s fire alarm and had already dispatched the local fire department. She was also checking to see if Morgan was okay.

Panicked and shaky, Morgan told her that the signal was indeed legitimate, and that the fire was coming from the laundry room.

“I could tell she was rattled, but she assured me that she had gotten out of the house okay,” recalled Abigail. “She was really glad to know that the fire department was already on their way.”

Within moments, fire trucks rounded the corner and firefighters set to work putting out the growing blaze.

Reflecting on the events of that day, Morgan was incredibly grateful for how well her fire alarm system operated. “I have to replace several things, along with the clothes dryer, but it could’ve been a lot worse,” she states. “This device saved my home.”

At AvantGuard, we are glad to have been there to help Morgan in a scary situation, and are thankful to the Monroe fire department for keeping this event from becoming even more devasterous.

Unfortunately, clothes dryers are often culprits of house fires. Some facts about clothes dryer fires:

  • 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 100 injuries, 5 deaths, and $35 million in property loss
  • Failure to clean the dryer (34%) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires
  • More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months

For more information on clothes dryer safety and fire prevention, visit the U.S Fire Administration website.

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