Dryer Lint. It Can KILL You! by Jackie Connelly Fornuff Lindenhurst Babylon Village Real Estate Long Island New York

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Real Estate Agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY

See that little bunch of dryer lint? Believe me, it can kill you.

I was reading another blog about dryer lint here on ActiveRain and it reminded me of a story I should tell.

Last year, a close friend of ours has a sister that lost their home to that little guy in the picture above. Their teenage son was asleep and woke up to the sounds of the smoke alarm. He walked into the kitchen to see it was engulfed in flames. He grabbed the dog and left the house. He called 911 and by the time the firemen came, the house was completely taken over by the flames. It only took the firemen a few minutes to get to their home.

Their home burnt right down to the ground. They lived in a trailer for months while their new home was being built. Thankfully, their son and family pet were able to get out without being hurt or worse.

So, for those of you who do not clean out the lint, you need to do it! It's not enough just cleaning out the lint trap that is found at the top or just outside the dryer door. You have to clean the back of the dryer in addition to the hose. I do this every 3 months and it's easy.

Unplug the dryer, pull it out so you can get to the back of it, and unscrew the back cover. You will be amazed as to how much lint will be in there! Trust me, you'll be able to make a sweater out of it! Then, clean out the hose. I bought this kit at Bed, Bath and Beyond:

I think it cost me around $20.00 but it's worth it! It makes cleaning out the dryer lint much easier. Please, for you and your family's safety, BUY one!

Oh, and don't forget batteries for your smoke alarm.

 

Comments (14)

Dan Quinn
The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate - Silver Spring, MD
Dan Quinn

This is a great tip Jackie.  Dryer lint is often overlooked and can be (as you illustrated) a serious danger in the house.  We all get busy and forget to do the simple tasks sometimes (like changing batteries in the smoke alarm), but the inside of the dryer hose and the back of the dryer is something a lot of people might not think of.  So thanks for this great tip.

Nov 11, 2009 10:15 PM
Ed Newman
Alamo Infrared, LLC - Midvale, UT

Your are absolutely correct - it is even more dangerous with a gas dryer.

Nov 11, 2009 10:19 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Jackie....good tip.....also, make sure the dryer is vented outside to prevent moisture build up and mold growing.

Nov 11, 2009 10:20 PM
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Dan - Thank you! I put a reminder on my calendar for the 1st of every 3 months so that helps.

Ed - I didn't know that so thanks for YOUR tip!

Barbara - I hate mold, lol. But you are right and thank you! :)

Nov 11, 2009 10:26 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Thanks for sharing this life saving tip. Clean the lint

Nov 11, 2009 10:33 PM
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Harry - You are welcome and thank you for the comment! :)

Nov 11, 2009 10:40 PM
Pat O'Reilly
RE/MAX..214-289-6176 Irving and all of Dallas Fort Worth - Irving, TX

Jackie..thanks for the post. Good information and mostly never thought of...

Nov 11, 2009 10:51 PM
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Thank you Pat and thank you for the comment :)

Nov 11, 2009 11:13 PM
Craig Richardson
National Realty - McLean, VA

Wow, who knew...I will have to check out my dryer!

Nov 11, 2009 11:16 PM
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Good idea Craig! And thanks for commenting :)

Nov 11, 2009 11:31 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Jackie, I think because I clean out the filter it's good enough...I'm glad you posted this.  I don't like any lint and hadn't thought about the back!

Nov 12, 2009 11:23 AM
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Hi Carole! I started doing thing over 2 years ago when we bought our townhouse. I pulled the dryer out before we moved in and when I saw the amount of lint that was underneath, I was like, fire hazard! My Brother is a volunteer fireman and if I didn't clean it, HE would kill me and not the lint, lol. Then when I took the hose off and cleaned the back, it was worse. And the hose was severely clogged that the lint made the light-weight hose heavier.

I could have cashed in and made sweaters out of all that lint, lol. :)

Someone blogged about lint and it made me think of our friends sister.

Nov 12, 2009 11:43 AM
Kathryn Acciari
Arc Home LLC - Shrewsbury, MA
Mortgage Loan Originator

Jackie:  Very good tip, especially this time of year when dust tends to collect faster.  Dryer lint is flammable.  In fact, it is so flammable that my son the boy scout tells me he has learned how to use it for building campfires!  That's where lint should be - outside in the firepit.  Thanks!  p.s. love your website url.

Nov 13, 2009 05:09 AM
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Thank you Kathryn! It's amazing how lint can be useful, lol. Thanks for commenting on this. :)

Nov 13, 2009 05:37 AM