Most everyone knows that emptying your dryer’s “lint filter” will make your dryer run more efficiently, run cooler, dry clothes faster Fire Safety Dryer Maintenanceand minimize the chance of a fire.

Overlooked and a major cause of home fires is your dryers outside venting adapters and hoses. More than 15,000 home fires occur annually according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This convenient time saving machine can be found in more than 80% of all U.S. residences representing over 81 million households.

We’re not recommending that you give up your dryer to prevent a home fire. We are recommending regular venting maintenance so you don’t become a home fire statistic. Here are a few things to be aware and do in order to minimize fire risk. 

  • Unplug the electric cord or shut off the gas. Slide the dryer away from the wall.
  • Remove the vent hose from the dryer outlet.
  • Reach into the outlet and pull out lint build up. Use of a vacuum may be helpful.
  • Remove the other end of vent hose from the wall. Here again reach in and remove lint build up.
  • On the outside, find the dryer vent outlet remove the end cap vent cover, clear duct of all dust, debris, and lint. A vent brush or vacuum may be helpful.    
  • Replace plastic or vinyl tubing/hosing with metal replacement.
  • Reconnect outside end cap, and secure hose to dryer outlet and wall inlet. 

Additionally:

  • Read and adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions for use and safety.
  • Do not dry clothing or fabrics that have flammable solutions as the vapors can ignite. Always wash clothes or fabrics first to remove any solutions that may catch on fire.  
  • Clean dryer lint trap before and after each load of laundry. 

Lack of maintenance is the number one reason for dryer fires. Your seasonal cleanup and maintenance list must include cleaning your dryers venting hose and outlet. Minimize your risk of a home fire and insurance claim, keep your venting lint free.