Clothes Dryer Fires – What you need to know.
Data collected by the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA’s) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).
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 incidences in residential buildings was higher in the fall and winter months, peaking in January at 11 percent.
Failure to clean (34 percent) was the leading factor contributing to the ignition of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
Dust, fiber, and lint (28 percent) and clothing not on a person (27 percent) 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.
A clothes dryer works by forcing hot air through a turning drum. Wet clothes placed in the drum are then dried by moving hot air. It is possible for a full load of wet clothes to contain as much as one and a half gallons of water. Lint, consisting mostly of small fibers from the clothes and debris in or on the clothes, is created from the clothes as the clothes tumble in the drum. While much of the lint is trapped by the dryer’s filter, lint is also carried through the vent system along with moist air. Lint is a highly combustible material that can accumulate both in the dryer and in the dryer vent. Accumulated lint leads to reduced airflow and can pose a potential fire hazard. In addition to the accumulation of lint, blockage in dryer exhaust vents also can occur from the nests of small birds or other animals or from damages to the venting system itself. A compromised vent will not exhaust properly to the outside. As a result, overheating may occur and a fire may ensue.
Vinyl flex hose is not for dryers! This is typically for bathroom vents. If you are currently using this, we recommend changing it to 4" rigid pipe.
Bird cage style vent terminations
are good at keeping pests out but they are also lint catchers. This will lead to a build up throughout the vent and even inside the dryer.
IF YOUR CLOTHES ARE TAKING TOO LONG TO DRY IT'S PROBABLY NOT YOUR DRYER, IT'S POOR VENTING.
COMMERCIAL DRYER VENT CLEANING
Whether you are in a laundromat, hotel, hospital, nursing home, or garment cleaning facility, there is a lot of ducts that need to be cleaned. Not only is it a fire hazard, but insurance companies and in some instances the State requires documented cleanings.
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