-An estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
-Clothes dryer fire incidence in residential buildings was higher in the fall and winter months, peaking in January at 11 percent.
-Failure to clean (34 percent) was the leading factor contributing to the ignition of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
-Dust, fiber, and lint (28 percent) and clothing not on a person (27 percent) were, by far, the leading items first ignited in clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
Dryer Vent Cleaning
Signs That a Dryer Vent Needs to be Cleaned
It is important to clean dryer vents before they get to the point where they could be a fire hazard. Some of the signs that a dryer vent needs to be cleaned include the following:
Clothing comes out of the dryer much hotter than normal
The drying cycle takes longer, or clothes are damp after a normal cycle
The laundry room feels much hotter than normal
The lint filter fills up quickly or appears unusual
Utility bills rise without an explanation
Clothes from the dryer take on a musty smell
Dryer sheets smell odd or break down more than usual during the cycle