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Register Now: National Healthy Homes Conference

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, HGTV and DIY Network, and Rebuilding Together invite you to the 2014 National Healthy Homes Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, May 28 to 30. The conference is the nation’s leading interdisciplinary event, bringing together health and housing professionals from across the country dedicated to improving the lives and homes of America’s families and communities. To register, go to www.healthyhomesconference.org. CEU credits will be available through 130 sessions over three days. HGTV television hosts Chris Lambton and Tiffanie Brooks will be there, as will HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. An exhibit hall will feature industry professionals. Join us in Nashville by registering to attend. Those registered before April 15 will be entered in a raffle to attend an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of HGTV’s 2014 Smart Home.

Ask NCHH

I noticed my clothes dryer gets super hot and gives off a burnt smell. Does that mean it's time to buy a new one?

Not necessarily—it just may be time to clean your dryer vent.  Lint balls are extremely flammable. Have you seen the Farmers Insurance commercial on dryer fires? The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that lint-filled dryer vents cause over 15,000 fires per year. Clothes dryer fires also account for approximately 20 fatalities, 400 injuries, and over $100 million in property damage annually. The leading cause of these clothes dryer fires is a "failure to clean" them. If you have an electric clothes dryer, the chance of fire is 250% greater than if you have a gas dryer.

The good news is that these fires are totally preventable. Learn how to prevent clothes dryer fires in your home.

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