Here are 9 ways that you could prevent fires from happening from your dryer.

1. Clean out the lint
“It starts with cleaning out the lint filter every time you use the dryer.” says John Hall, Ph.D., division director of fire Analysis & Research for the National Fire Protection Association. also advises clearing out the vent pipe to reduce the chance of fire and to maintain the efficiency of the dryer.

2. Install with care
Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing the vent pipe. Use a short, straight pipe that’s an adequate distance from the wall. By reducing the bends in the dryer vent pipe, it creates fewer opportunities for lint to gather. If you have to vent your dryer over a long distance, consider investing in a dryer vent fan. These automatic electric devices speed up airflow through the duct every time you turn on your dryer to keep things moving along.

3. Clear out combustibles
Move any flammables like cleaning supplies far away from your dryer. Also regularly sweep out dust in the areas around and underneath your dryer.

4.Opt for a metal dryer duct
Research shows that flexible foil or plastic ducts can sag and lead to lint buildup at low points. Metal ducts of any variety don’t sag, and they’re more likely to contain any fires that would start.

5.Read Tags
If the care label reads tumble dry low, don’t turn the dryer up to high. Also use caution with certain items like bath mats, padded bras and bibs—they may contain rubber that shouldn’t be exposed to hot temperatures

6. Exercise extra caution with flammable liquids
Wash clothing stained with volatile chemicals more than once—and definitely opt to line dry over machine dry.

7.Use your clothes to diagnose problems
Clothes that no longer feel dry or that are extra hot to the touch after a normal dry cycle are a telltale sign that something’s wrong. Before doing the next load, check for a plugged vent and clean out any lint.

8. Don’t dry and dash
Turn off your dryer if you need to step out during the laundry cycle.

9. give the outdoor vent a peek
Make sure that the outdoor vent flap isn’t covered by snow or debris.