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Consumer Reports: Preventing dryer fires

10:37 PM, Feb 21, 2013   |    comments
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CONSUMER REPORTS - Thousands of house fires are started each year by clothes dryers clogged with lint. Consumer Reports just tested the Lint Lizard, an infomercial product that's designed to more easily remove lint from your dryer, to see whether it can help reduce a fire risk.

The Lint Lizard attaches to your vacuum cleaner. You thread the tube through the opening of a dryer's lint trap.

Consumer Reports checked to see how much lint it could remove from the dryer. The Lint Lizard worked really well. It removed more lint than any other technique testers tried.

The Lint Lizard costs $11 plus shipping and handling at lintlizard.com. You can get it for less at major retailers, including Amazon.com, Target, and Walmart

It does have one drawback: It might not fit easily into very narrow dryer openings. And its sharp tip could damage flexible foil or plastic ductwork. But Consumer Reports doesn't recommend those kinds of ducts anyway. They can sag, collect lint, and cause problems with venting your dryers.

Consumer Reports says flexible or solid metal ducts are far better You should clean them at least once a year. And clean your lint trap every time you use the dryer. Taking those precautions can help prevent a tragedy.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports' website. Subscribe to ConsumerReports.org.

(Copyright © 2013 Consumers Union of U.S., Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

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