Dryers Start 15,000 Home Fires Annually

Debbie Henry - Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dryers Start 15,000 Home Fires Annually

More than 15,000 home fires are started by dryer fires every year, usually from lint build-up, but few people are aware of this danger in their home.   The most common cause of dryer fires is lack of lint removal and maintenance.

Ways to reduce your risk of a dryer fire

Clean the lint trap before and after drying each load of clothes.
Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can be trapped.
The interior of the dryer and venting system should be cleaned periodically – especially if you’re noticing longer dryer times.
Make sure your dryer exhaust vents are clear of birds or other animals.