Doing laundry is a weekly chore for most people in the US. Unfortunately, making sure our appliances are well maintained is something that is often overlooked. Clothes dryers are one of the most dangerous appliances that you own and account for almost 3,000 fires each year in the US. There are multiple reasons a dryer can catch fire; however, the most common reason is failure to clean and properly maintain it. You should clean your dryer annually and perform inspections of the hose and vent for any blockages twice a year. Be sure to clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry. Lint and dust is very flammable and can easily catch fire when exposed to extreme heat. If you have not serviced your dryer recently, it should be high on your priority list.