How Clothes Dryers Can Cause Fires

August 5, 2014

Most of us don’t consider that we are in danger in our homes due to the high risk of fire from clothes dryers. In fact, it is estimated that there are over 15,000 fires started by dryers every year, leading to millions in property damage. Reports indicate that there are over 300 injuries and 10 cases of fatalities that are the result of a clothes dryer fire every year.

The issue that makes clothes dryers dangerous is the lint trap, and a failure to clean it regularly. Dryers must put out a great deal of heat in order to properly and quickly dry clothing, and a build-up of lint is a perfect recipe for a fire. Soft, dry fibers are perfect fire tinder and an extreme danger to homeowners. Some items that consumers dry, such as plastic shoes or rugs with foam backing add to the danger, as the materials are prone to melting and catching fire if placed in a hot dryer.

To keep your home and family safe, it is crucial that you regularly clean the lint trap, preferably immediately after every drying cycle. Check your dryer vent and made sure it is clear and not plugged with fibers, and never dry any flammable materials, including clothing that has been soaked with gasoline or other flammable substance, or spot removers that could catch fire. Not only will you make your clothes dryer last far longer, but you will also protect your family from the risk of fire, injury, and death.

At Welcenbach Law Offices, S.C., our firm represents the injured in all types of personal injury claims. We have served as counsel in many cases involving severe burns, and we are here to serve the Milwaukee community with top quality, professional legal representation. Contact our firm today to find out how we can assist you.