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Clothes Dryer Fires - the lint trap..

Posted on 08/29/2012 at 12:00 am by EC Moran Insurance Company
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The US Fire Administration has put out a report on Clothes Dryer Fires.  According to the report:

  • 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 (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.

The full report is located here: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/media/press/2012releases/080712.shtm

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