According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 house fires every year are sparked by clothes dryers. Lint and other debris can build up over time, causing reduced air flow to the dryer which backs up exhaust gases which then creates a fire hazard.
If you start to notice your clothes taking longer than normal to dry, you probably want to pull out the dryer from the wall and clean out the dryer hose, including the exhaust exiting your home.
Also, remember to clean out the dryer filter before each use. You would be amazed how many people don’t do this, but this creates the same fire hazard as well. It’s a good idea to take that filter out and wash it with an old toothbrush and hot soapy water every few months. Little things like this don’t take a lot of time but can save you on energy efficiency and can also save you from having a house fire.
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