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Clothes Dryer Caution

Keep your dryer lint free

(HealthDayNews) -- A dryer clogged with lint can overheat and cause a fire. The buildup can occur in the filter or inside the exhaust duct and obstruct the flow of air.

To prevent a fire, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests you:

  • Clean the lint filter after every laundry load and the exhaust about once a month.
  • Check the exhaust more often if you have a plastic, flexible duct. They're more of a lint-trap than the metal varieties.
  • While the dryer is operating, check to see that the outside exhaust is working.
  • Damp clothing at the end of a cycle might be a sign that the lint screen or exhaust is blocked.
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