Who knew? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are about 15,000 dryer fires each year. I don’t know for certain, but my guess would be that pet owners are more susceptible to the risks of dryer fires because their dryer hose gets chock full of combustible dog fur.
When was the last time you cleaned yours out?
I hadn’t done it in ages… and ages and ages. Here are the three simple steps that I took and that all pet owners should take at least twice a year (more often if you have power shedders).
- Clean the lint trap filter. This is especially important if you use dryer sheets because the residue builds up on the filter. Vacuum the filter then scrub it with warm, soapy water.
- Vacuum out the lint trap. Use your long pointy attachment to really get in there.
- Unclamp (or, if your model has a screw, unscrew) the dryer hose from the back of the dryer and vacuum it out. This is where most of the fur will accumulate, and this is what causes the most fires. To demonstrate – much to my embarrassment – here’s photographic evidence of what I found when I unclamped mine:
So gross, but as you can see… it’s almost entirely dog fur.
- Bonus step: If you have access to the dryer vent outside your house, clean that out, too.
And that’s it! The whole process takes only a few minutes, and it’s totally worth it to protect yourself from the risks of a house fire.