Dryer Fire Statistics
It's A Growing Problem:
Very few people realize the danger of clothes dryer fires. However, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an estimated annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths and 10 injuries due to clothes dryer fires. Several hundred people a year are also subjected to carbon monoxide poisoning from improper dryer vent setups. The financial costs come to nearly $100,000,000 per year. In some cases faulty appliances are to blame, but many fires can be prevented with proper dryer venting.
Only You Can Prevent Dryer Fires
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
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.