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Dryers & Washing Machines
Facts, Figures & General Information
Between 2003 and 2006, one out of every 23 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments involved clothes dryers and washing machines.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides these facts and figures:
  • More than 15,300 reported non-confined home* structure fires
  • 16 civilian deaths
  • 433 civilian injuries
  • $201 million in direct property damage
  • Dryers alone attributed to 92% of these fires and all of the reported deaths

Safety Tips (a partial list)
  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • 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 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 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 manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
  • Turn off the dryer if you leave home or when you go to bed.
Clothes Dryer Safety
NFPA Clothes Dryer
Safety Tips

*Homes include one and two family dwellings, apartments (regardless of ownership), and manufactured housing.

For more safety tips and other information about this topic and many others, visit the National Fire Protection Association.

NFPA's "Home Fires Involving Clothes Dryers and Washing Machines" report by John R. Hall, Jr., March 2009.

NFPA does not test, label or approve any products.

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