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 alarming numbers pertaining to dryer fires. Washers and dryers can both catch on fire. However, in 92% of cases involving washer and dryer appliances, the latter was the primary culprit. In 2017, nearly 16,000 American residences sustained property damage stemmed from a dryer fire. Those cases led to 440 bodily injuries and $238 million in damage.
How Dryers Cause Fires
Fires are typically ignited from lint and dust. The NFPA estimated that about 1/3rd of dryer fires are due to a backed-up dryer vent. Dryer vent fires also increase around wintertime. The issue, however, is problematic no matter the time of year. Continue Reading →