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The fact that they're lighting a fire inside their home seems to help encourage homeowners to pay attention to the regular maintenance of their chimney. Too often, though, dryer vent maintenance is forgotten. That vent and its function are relatively out of sight, so it's unfortunately often out of mind as well. But dryer vent fires are a serious hazard, and dryer vent maintenance is an extremely important part of ensuring that your home and family are as safe as they can and should be.
The U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Data Center released a report in 2012 that focused on clothes dryer fires in residential buildings between 2008 and 2010. The report found that nearly 3,000 dryer fires were reported annually to U.S. fire departments, resulting in injuries, deaths and an average of $35 million in property loss every single year. The leading contributor to those fires, according to the report's findings, was failure to clean.
Dryer use creates lint — which we all know well from cleaning the lint filter each time we run another load of laundry in the machine. But that filter lint is far from all of it. Much of the lint produced by drying your laundry goes into your dryer vent, which is designed primarily to remove the heat and vapor that's produced as your machine dries your clothes. That lint travels though the vent and can settle in the ducts, building up to where it can constrict and block the ducts, impeding proper venting. Lint is highly combustible, so when ducts become blocked and heat gets trapped, fires often follow.