Is your Clothes Dryer a fire hazard?

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Dryers and washing machines were involved in one out of every 23 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2003-2006.

Facts and figures

  • Between 2010-14, an estimated 15,900 reported U.S. non-confined or confined home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines resulted in 13 civilian deaths, 440 civilian injuries and $238 million in direct property damage.
  • Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires
  • The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires was failure to clean (29%), followed by unclassified mechanical failure or malfunction (24%). Thirteen percent were caused by some type of electrical failure or short circuit.

Source: NFPA: https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fact-sheets/WasherDryerFactSheet.pdf

Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
Do not operate the dryer without a lint filter.
Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.