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Saturday, 25 August 2012

Clothes dryer fires cause five deaths a year in the US

An estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to US fire departments each year, causing an estimated five deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property loss.
These are some of the findings of a new study from the US Fire Administration’s national fire incident reporting system which examines the characteristics of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
Other findings include:
  • Clothes dryer fire incidence in residential buildings was higher in the fall and winter months, peaking in January at 11 percent.
  • Failure to clean (such as removing lint from traps, vents and surrounding areas of a dryer) was the leading factor contributing to ignition
  • Dust, fibre, and lint and clothing not on a person were the leading items first ignited
  • 54% of clothes dryer fires were confined to the object of origin
  • Clothes dryer fire incidence was higher in the autumn and winter months, peaking in January at 11%.

 part of the Topical Fire Report Series produced by the US Fire Administration in pdf format -.Clothes Dryer Fires in Residential Buildings (2008-2010) (620 KB)

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