In today’s households, the clothes dryer has become much more than a luxury appliance. It has become practically a necessary convenience. The upsides are significant which is why they have become so common; however, the major downside is that household fires can occur if clothes they are not properly installed and maintained. More than 80% of clothes dryer fires occurred in a residence.
During these 3 years, fire departments responded to nearly 3,000 clothes dryer fires in homes each year across the country. These fires took a tremendous toll as there were 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
- 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.
- Fifty-four percent of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings were confined to the object of origin.
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Source: National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) fires reported from 2008-2010.