The Anatomy of a Clothes Dryer Fire

Clothes Dryer Lint Explained by The Lint King Dryer Vent Cleaning Experts

Clothes Dryer Lint Explained by The Lint King Dryer Vent Cleaning Experts

Most people change their cars’ oil regularly because they want to ensure it’s reliability and efficiency. So, what do you do in the Laundry room? Did you know that most homeowners are unaware of the hidden dangers behind their walls and ceiling?

Your clothes dryer is the second most likely appliance to start a fire in your home. According to the NFPA, home fires involving clothes dryers are about 14,692 each year. To prevent the ignition of dust, fiber, or lint, with proper annual clothes dryer vent maintenance. 

Clothes Dryer Fire
Clothes Dryer Fire

clothes dryer can generate up to a 25 MPH airflow through the dryer’s airways from the internal blower fan — the hot, moist air and lint from the laundry then exits the building to the outdoors.  

What is in your Clothes Dryers Vent?
What is in your Clothes Dryers Vent?

Most lint traps filter out only 75% of the lint, hair, fur, and paper that flows through them to the appliances ductwork to the outside louvered vent. So, where did the remainder of the debris go? It gets caught in the turns and rough services in the dryer venting system. 

Why do clothes dryer fires occur?

 It’s nearly always that the lint collects in 90-degree turns and long straight runs resulting in restricted airflow. Check out the TLK blog about the appliance overheating.

I was amazed when I first set lint on fire and noticed how quickly the fire spread. Because clothes lint is so combustible, the Boy Scotts use it as a fire starter!

The perfect dryer vent system is short and straight out an outside wall, literally about two feet of ductwork. We’ve seen run lengths over 60 feet with five turns. Shorter is always more beneficial!

It’s True Location Matters!

Today’s modern home architectures have their laundry room in a convenient location. The results in harder to reach ductwork and exceeding challenging to keep clean. 

It’s essential that the venting be SOLID Metal Material, not of the flexible, foil hose or semi-ridged tubing. The Lint king sees that they crush easily, resulting in airflow restriction and leakage into the laundry room. Learn about a Better Clothes Dryer Transition Hose.

Proper Dryer Vent Cleaning, Repair, and Installation prevents clothes dryer fires.
Dryer Vent Cleaning, Repair, and Installation

Paul Meyers is the owner of The Lint King Dryer Vent Cleaning and Repair Experts. Our team’s mission is to educate the homeowner on dryer vent cleaning and maintenance. Regular maintenance will help prevent fires and save energy. Visit to schedule a dryer vent safety inspection.

Learn about Home Fire Safety at the NFPA.

7 Ways to Prevent Dryer Fires

Prevent Dryer Fires with help from the Lint King

According to the US Consumer Products Safety Commission, annually, there are 16,500 residential fires caused by clothes dryers. How can we Prevent Dryer Fires?

Prevent dryer fires by following these 7 steps:

Prevent Dryer Fires
Prevent Dryer Fires in your home!

  1. Insure working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your home.
  2. Clean the lint filter every time you use the dryer.
  3. Have the dryer airways and duct work cleaned professionally once a year.
  4. Use metal duct material instead of plastic or vinyl.
  5. Never overload the dryer.
  6. A dryer should not be used if; nobody’s home, or after you’ve gone to bed.
  7. Check electrical, gas, and water connections for damage.

These safety tips will reduce your chance of having a clothes dryer fire, but laundry room safety starts with the homeowner!

It’s your responsibility to make your home safe.

So, how common are dryer fires?

Three people died Thursday morning in a blaze that fire officials say began in a clothes dryer, a common hazard. Dryer fires cause about 15 deaths and an additional 400 injuries every year, according to the Fire Administration.

Dryer Vent Cleaning Starting at $89* Call 847-874-4805 for Quote.

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Preventing Dryer Fires and Bird Nests
Preventing Dryer Fires and Bird Nests

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