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Dryer and Washing Machine Fires

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines between 2010 and 2014. These fires resulted in annual losses estimated at 13 deaths, 440 injuries, and $238 million in property damage.

Facts and figures
  • Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 5%.
  • The leading factor contributing to the ignition of home fires involving clothes dryers was failure to clean, accounting for one-third (33%) of dryer fires.
  • A mechanical or electrical failure or malfunction was involved in the vast majority of home fires involving washing machines.
  • Fires involving clothes dryers usually started with the ignition of something that was being dried or was a byproduct (such as lint) of drying, while washing machine fires usually involved the ignition of some part of the appliance.  

Visit https://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/dryersafetytips.pdf to gain access to their dryer safety tip sheet.

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