Dryer Fire? National Fire Prevention Week

Dryer Fire? National Fire Prevention Week

National Fire Prevention Week is Oct 4-10, Prevent a Dryer Fire!

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately 365,000 home fires occurred in the U.S. in 2012, resulting in a staggering 2,380 deaths and $5.7 billion in direct property damage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that an estimated 2,900 residential dryer fires occurred between 2008-2012, and that those dryer fires contributed to five deaths and $35 million in property loss. As a way to take action, the NFPA dedicates every October 9 and the week surrounding it as National Fire Prevention Week, with the purpose of educating adults and children on the leading causes of preventable fires.

What Causes Dryer Fires?

FEMA explains that a clothes dryer works by forcing hot air through a turning drum, and wet clothes placed in the drum are then dried by moving hot air. Lint is created from the clothes as they tumble in the drum; and while a lot of the lint is trapped by the dryer's lint trap, some lint is also carried through the vent system along with the moist, hot air. Because lint is a highly combustible material that builds up in both the dryer and the dryer vent, reducing the dryer's airflow, it makes the perfect kindling for a dryer fire.
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Additionally, dryer exhaust vent blockage can also occur as a result from birds' nests or other animals, or from damage to the vent itself - the result of which is an overheated dryer leading to a dryer fire.

How to Prevent Dryer Fires

To help keep your family safe from a dryer fire, clean the lint screen before or after drying each load of clothes. According to FEMA, failure to clean the dust, fiber, and lint from dryers is the leading contributing factor to the ignition of dryer fires.

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You should also consider scheduling a dryer vent cleaning with a professional once every year to keep your dryer exhaust vent clean and unblocked; keep the area around your dryer clean and free of clutter; and make sure to not leave dried clothes in the dryer.

Use Caution! What are the 8 Most Common Causes of House Fires?

See our infographic below for other Common Causes of House Fires:

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More info? For more tips related to home safety, check out one of our other posts, June is National Home Safety Month!

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