What are the Causes of Dryer Fires and How You Can Prevent Them?
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- On December 20, 2021
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The Facts About Dryer Fires
While it may be hard to believe, dryer fires are a fairly common cause of home fires. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, dryers and washing machines cause an average of 15,970 fires each year, with dryers causing 92% of them. The unfortunate result are hundreds of injuries and $238 million in property damage.
Of course, not all dryer fires are the same; there are a number of different ways that they can start a fire. However, of those potential causes, failure to clean and perform routine maintenance accounts for 31%.
Causes of Dryer Fires
Mechanical and electrical failure
With moving parts and electronic components, faulty wiring and damaged machinery can potentially cause dryer fires. While such fires are not nearly as common as they are with washing machines, it is still important to have these parts checked and repaired or replaced if necessary.
This refers to any fire caused by using a clothes dryer outside of the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines. Such as over-stuffing the appliance. However, this may also include situations involving items that shouldn’t be put in a dryer. Or items with instructions advising against drying with heat.
Dirty lint filters and vents
Clogged vents, ducts, and filters are the primary causes of dryer fires. Usually, this is a result of a buildup of lint, but can certainly be caused by an accumulation of dirt, grass, or anything else that remains after the washing process.
What to do if your dryer catches fire
If you smell smoke, or otherwise suspect that your dryer might have started a fire, do not open the dryer door. The handle may be hot, and could burn your hand, and the toxic smoke may come rushing out. Always ensure that you have a safe exit and again, always put you and your family’s safety first.
If you are able to put the fire out, unplug it from the wall, unless the connections are damaged. Then, safely exit your home and wait for the fire department.