Check frequently for build-up of lint in or around your dryer.  Also take a look around the area where your dryer exhaust exits your house, and see if there is lint on the ground or in shrubs or on the wall. Lint build-ups are a major cause of home fires.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) statistics indicate that in 2010, an estimated 16,800 reported U.S. non-confined or confined home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines (including combination washer/dryers) resulted in 51 civilian deaths, 380 civilian injuries, and $236 million in direct property damage.  The number one cause of these fires was “failure to clean.”

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