What Causes a Dryer Fire?

What Causes a Dryer Fire?

Negligence is the major contributing factor to dryer fires because dryers requires maintenance.  Poor installation and/or the improper use of duct material can also be a fire factor.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Failure to clean the dryer (34%) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires. More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.

The dryer’s lint catcher only catches a small amount of lint.  The dryer vent system and the dryer collect the largest amount of the lint.  The lint accumulation reduces airflow and causes the machine to operate at higher temperatures.  The higher than normal temperatures can cause the dryer to malfunction and/or cause the lint to catch fire.  Dryer fires usually start beneath or inside of the appliance.  The draft from the dryer then forces the fire into the exhaust duct and, in many cases, cause a house fire.  Plastic or Mylar (foil) ducts increase the probability that the fire will spread.

According to CPSC research, a 75% blocked dryer exhaust duct increases the exhaust air temperature of the average electric dryer 89% more than its normal operating temperature with an unblocked duct.

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