The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that clothes dryers are associated with 15,600 fires yearly. Clothing lint and additional debris can form over time in your clothing dryer vent and may cause your dryer to exhaust at less than optimal efficiency. This creates a potentially hazardous condition that could ultimately lead to a fire. A blocked or restricted dryer vent does not allow heat and lint particles from your dryer to be exhausted from your home possibly allowing the lint built up in that vent to catch fire. Additionally blocked gas dryer vents could force carbon monoxide back into your living space. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that a home’s dryer vent is inspected and cleaned yearly to prevent these hazardous conditions and provide an unobstructed path for clothing dryers to exhaust efficiently.