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  • Writer's pictureKyle Donovan


FEMA dryer vent fire facts:

  • 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 was the leading factor contributing to the ignition of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.

  • Dust, fiber, lint and clothing 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.

More reasons to clean your dryer vent:

  • Reduce excess household dust and humidity

  • Preserve clothing, as the life of many fabrics can be damaged by high temperatures

  • Allow your dryer to operate more efficiently by using less energy, saving you money

  • Reduce the cost of your electric bill

  • Decrease the amount of time your clothes need to completely dry

  • Extend the life of your dryer

  • Decrease the musty smell that can cling to your clothing as a result of dirty dryer vents

Schedule your dryer vent cleaning if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Clothes are still damp after a drying cycle

  • There is lint around the door of your dryer instead of the lint trap

  • You see lint coming out the outside vent opening

  • Excessive heat build up in the laundry room

  • There’s a musty smell coming from your dryer

  • Condensation forms on walls and ceilings around your dryer

  • A burning smell is coming from your dryer

  • Dryer exterior is hot to the touch

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