Statistically, most house fires start in the kitchen. But you would never leave the house with the stove on on purpose, would you?

How many times have you started the dryer and then gone out to do errands? I know I’ve done it plenty of times but no more!

There are almost 3000 dryer fires every year in the US and most of those fires are caused by lint built up in the dryer vent and duct causing the dryer to overheat and ignite this highly combustible material.

We are all used to cleaning out the lint filter in the dryer. I don’t know about you, but my dryer won’t heat up if the lint filter is full and that can put a real crimp in my schedule, especially if the kids need a particular outfit dry for school or a party.

When was the last time you cleaned out your dryer vent and duct?

Here is a video about dryer vent fires from The Today Show. Note that they recommend having your dryer vent and duct professionally cleaned once a year. We agree!

If it’s been more than a year since you had your dryer vent and duct cleaned out, the time has come. Contact Alliance and one of our team of professionals will put your mind at ease! Click here for a live chat with one of our knowledgeable representatives.

And don’t be a dryer vent fire statistic! Get the lint out!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager and Blogger for Alliance Environmental Group and AirTek. We welcome your comments and questions! For more news and tips or talk to our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on indoor air challenges, Like us at AirTek on Facebook! And practice your fire safety plan this week!