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Taylors Fire and Sewer District

3335 Wade Hampton Blvd, Taylors, SC 29687
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Fire Safety – Clothes Dryer

prevent dryer firesIn 2006-2010, there were 16,950 home structure fires per year reported to U.S. fire departments where clothes dryers or washing machines were the equipment involved in ignition, with associated annual losses of 34 civilian deaths, 430 civilian injuries, and $209 million in direct property damage. Dryers alone accounted for 92% of these fires and 87% of the reported deaths.

Keep your dryer clean to prevent a fire.The leading factor contributing to ignition was a failure to clean the clothes dryer. The risk of fire is roughly equal for gas-fueled clothes dryers and electric-powered clothes dryers.

Research Fact Sheet: Home Fires Involving Clothes Dryers and Washing Machines

Tip Sheet: Dryer Safety

Follow these simple steps to help prevent a clothes dryer fire:

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after
    each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected
    around the drum.
  • Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be
    used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted
    and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer
    is operating. Once a year, or more often if you
    notice that it is taking longer than normal for your
    clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or
    have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  • Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers
    should be inspected by a professional to make sure
    that the gas line and connection are intact and free
    of leaks.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and
    that the machine is connected properly.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions
    and don’t overload your dryer.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you
    go to bed.

NFPA Safety Tips: Clothes Dryer Safety

NFPA Dryer Safety Tips

Home Fires Involving Clothes Dryers and Washing Machines 
© March 2017 National Fire Protection Association, Richard Campbell
The estimates presented in this report are based on data from the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System and the National Fire Protection Association’s annual fire department experience survey. Review report here.