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Facts about home clothes dryer fires

  • While it may be hard to believe, dryer fires are a fairly common cause of home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, dryers and washing machines cause an average of 15,970 fires each year, with dryers causing 92% of them.

  • 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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