– 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
– The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them (34 percent).
– More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.
– According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 80% of clothes dryer fires occur in residential buildings.
– “Failure to clean” is the leading cause of dryer fires.
– The average U.S. home can save almost 30% in clothes drying costs by cleaning and maintaining dryer vent lines.
When a dryer cannot ventilate properly, it will negatively affect your home’s energy efficiency, the integrity of your clothing, and the operation of the dryer itself.
A clogged dryer vent can affect the levels of heat the dryer uses to dry clothes. If clothing is subjected to extreme heat, your clothes, especially your delicates, can be ruined by the higher temperature. Additionally, if the mechanisms of your dryer are subjected to high heat over a prolonged period of time, those mechanisms could fail long before your dryer has reached the end of its service life.
By ensuring that your dryer vents remain clear, you safeguard your clothing from damaging high heat and keep your dryer working as it should.