When it comes to spring cleaning one often overlooked area is the exhaust vent from the clothes dryer. People typically only clean what is noticeable to the neighbors and Sunday afternoon guests. Walkways, doorways, windowsills and porches in high traffic areas, easily draw attention and soon become the primary areas of concern. Cluttered closets, garages and basements eventually make it to the list, although sometimes more toward the “fall cleaning” timetable.
Whenever you make it into the laundry area for cleaning don’t forget to pay attention the dryer vent that is at the back of the unit. According to The Consumer Product Safety Commission, ( CPSC ), annually there are 15,500 Dryer Fires, Up To 30 Deaths and over 310 injuries, due to dryer exhaust duct fires. You should clean your dryer hose and around it once a year, and inspect the vent and hose for any blockages at least every 6 months. There is an informative step by step instruction tutorial here: http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/2011/11/time-to-clean-your-dryer-ducts-prevent-fires.html
Like any project you can get into it as much or as little as need dictates, but some attention should be given to this important safety issue in the home. Mark it down on a calendar to be checked annually. One suggestion is to find a particular day that is easy to remember such as the first day of the new school year. Or if you’re a real neat freak, check it every time your mother-in-law comes to visit…right before you clean out the rattlesnake cage.