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.
|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.