In reviewing the NFPA clothes dryer safety tips sheet recently, I was reminded that some years ago–before I joined the Public Education Division of NFPA, of course–I failed time and again to follow the tip that says, “Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry.” I was renting a room from my sister’s mother-in-law, Ann, and unfamiliar with the location of the lint filter on her dryer. The filter was at the back of the machine; I was used to the filter being in the front, along the lip of the rotating drum.  As a result, I’d forget to check it.
It took a few stern admonitions from Ann for me to form better habits when it came to her clothes dryer. Checking the lint filter is one of many tips that can prevent a clothes dryer fire. View our clothes dryer and washing machine safety information, and all of our tips sheets.