Dryer Safety

The leading cause of fires from clothes dryers is the failure to clean the lint and other debris that can accumulate in and around them. Inspectors can make the following recommendations to their clients:
  • Always use a lint filter or screen.
  • Clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry.
  • Remove any visible lint within the dryer.
  • At least once a year, have a professional technician clean the dryer exhaust pipe.
  • Gas dryers should be cleaned and serviced regularly by a professional.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload the dryer.  Also, don't attempt to dry soaking wet laundry that hasn't been wrung out or gone through a washing machine's spin cycle to remove excess moisture. 
  • Turn off the dryer when leaving home and before going to bed.
  • Install a fire extinguisher in the laundry area.
  • Install a smoke alarm in the laundry area.
  • Install a CO alarm in the laundry area for a gas dryer.

From Inspecting the Dryer Exhaust - InterNACHI http://www.nachi.org/inspecting-dryer-exhaust.htm#ixzz2lEFY4STY