- Clothes dryers are the #1 major appliance cause of fires.
- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
estimates there are 15,500 clothes dryer fires each year
in the U.S. amounting to $96,000,000 in estimated property
- There were 310 injuries including 10 deaths last year
due to dryer fires.
- The CPSC recommends that inside dryer chamber
and dryer vents be cleaned by a professional once a year
for a family of four.
- The lint filter should be cleaned after each use and
transparent when held up to the light.
- Dryer venting should be all metal and vented to the
- Crawl spaces, attics and living spaces should not be
used for dryer exhaust.
Are you noticing any of the following warning signs?
- Slow dry time
- Dryer shutting off before cycle has ended
- Flapper vent not opening when dryer is on
- Burning smell
- Dusty laundry area
Lack of maintenance is the leading cause of dryer fires,
and LINT is the leading material to ignite. Dryer fires
can be caused by insufficient airflow and lint build-up
in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Reduced airflow and
lint build-up cause overheating of the exhaust environment,
demanding excessive cycling of the high temperature limits
switch and eventual failure. Overheated clothes dryers can
cause fires. Fires can spread to the wall or other combustible
materials through the plastic hose melting and the lint
The use of proper venting materials is the first step to
ensure safe and efficient dryer operation. Avoid flexible
plastic venting material which is combustible. To achieve
optimal air-flow and reduce lint build-up use the shortest
distance with all-metal dryer venting material.