The Danger of a Clogged Dryer Vent
Lint can build up around the exhaust vent or within the dryer and can cause a clogged duct and dryer vent. Temperatures inside the dryer can rise and potentially lead to fires in the unit. Regularly maintaining your dryer vent can help you avoid potentially dangerous fires.
- The U.S. Fire Administration reports that 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
- Failure to clean the dryer is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires by 34% percent.
- More home dryer fires happen more often in the fall and winter months.
Other causes of dryer failures can be due to mechanical or electrical failure or simply due to its natural condition.