Clothes Dryer Fires
Each year, clothes dryers are responsible for thousands of fires. Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Lint can block the flow or air, cause excessive heat build-up, and result in fire.
To help prevent fires:
- Clean the lint screen / filter before and after drying each load of clothes.
- Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct periodically.
- Clean behind the dryer where lint can build up.
- Replace plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting material with rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct.
Photo of a dryer exhaust vent that is dangerously full of lint.
By planning ahead, you can do a lot to prevent a fire. But, once a fire starts in your home, there are only three things to do: get everyone out of the house, close the door behind you, then, call 9-1-1 from a neighbor's home. Don't go back into a burning building, no matter what. If you thinks someone is trapped inside, tell the firefighters when they arrive.