Dryer vent safety is a serious concern for home owners and renters alike. Fires caused by dryer lint are common, but they can be prevented. Dryer fires start when lint builds up in the dryer exhaust system, which leads to a build-up of heat. The risk of fire is heightened by extended drying cycles or humid environments that encourage lint buildup. Fortunately, there are several ways to maintain dryer vent safety and reduce the risk of fire.
If you’re renting an apartment, condo or other dwelling where there is a shared laundry facility in the building, it’s important to know what kind of vented system exists. While every system has its pros and cons, there are some aspects of certain types that may increase your risk as a renter even if it does not involve your directly in using the facilities.