When you think about house fires, you may think about the stove or electrical wires as the most likely culprits. The dryer, though, is another fire hazard. We’ll discuss dryer safety and some alarming statistics.
Dryer Fire Statistics
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released some startling figures regarding dryer fires. Both washers and dryers are capable of erupting in flames. However, in 92% of instances involving dryer and washer units, the dryer was the sole culprit. In 2017, 15,970 U.S. homes sustained damage as a result of a dryer fire. Those instances resulted in 440 injuries and $238 million in damage.
How Dryers Cause Fires
Fires often arise from the ignition of accumulated lint, dust, and other debris. The NFPA estimated that roughly one-third of dryer fires are due to failure to clean the vent. Dryer vent fires also peak during the winter. Nevertheless, the danger is present year-round.
Aside from the fire risk, a clogged vent also increases indoor allergens. A clogged vent also means there’s no place for the moisture to escape, leading to mold and mildew growth.
Safety Tips to Prevent Dyer Vent Fires
- Never operate the dryer without a lint filter in place
- Inspect the lint filter after each laundry load. Remove the lint, especially the small dust particles around the drum.
- Check the air exhaust vent pipe for obstructions
- Never leave the dryer running when away from home or in bed
- For gas dryers, be sure the gas line connection is free of leaks.
- Bring in a professional to inspect the dryer vent at least once a year.
Dryer Safety Is Paramount
Regardless of dryer year and model, call Aurora Edmonds Furnace Cleaning to schedule a maintenance. We recommend this as part of a bigger maintenance plan that also includes air duct and furnace cleaning. Due to risk of fire, dryer safety maintenance is non-negotiable.
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