Facts about home clothes dryer fires

  • 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.

  • Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.

  • More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.

How Clothes Dryer Fires Occurs

  • Lint accumulation and reduced airflow feed on each other to provide conditions ripe for a fire. Lint is a highly combustible material, which, interestingly enough, is one of the ingredients in a recipe for home-made fire starters. A number of dryer vent problems contribute to this.

How You can Prevent a Dryer Fire from Happening

  • Proper Installation & Choice of Building Materials

  • Keep the Dryer Duct in Good Condition

  • Keep Your Dryer as Lint-Free as Possible

  • Schedule routine annual cleanings

  • Never dry clothes when you are not home or sleeping

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