Clothes Dryer Fire Prevention Tips

Clothes Dryer Fire Safety

Between 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year.

These fires resulted in annual losses estimated at 13 deaths, 440 injuries, and $238 million in property damage.

Facts and figures:

  • Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 5%.
  • The leading factor contributing to the ignition of home fires involving clothes dryers was failure to clean, accounting for one-third (33%) of dryer fires.
  • A mechanical or electrical failure or malfunction was involved in the vast majority of home fires involving washing machines.
  • Fires involving clothes dryers usually started with the ignition of something that was being dried or was a byproduct (such as lint) of drying, while washing machine fires usually involved the ignition of some part of the appliance.

Source: NFPA's "Home Fires Involving Clothes Dryers and Washing Machines" report


As a Lint King dryer vent technician we are trained to look for all signs of airway constriction, because if any part of the dryer venting system is restricting airflow the whole system will fail.

The Lint King helps homeowners with an affordable solutions to a potential disaster. With annual inspection and cleaning, you can be confident that your dryer vent is operating correctly.


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