Almost 3,000 fires are reported each year in America because of clothing dryers, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
The incidences occur the most in fall and winter, peaking in January with almost 11% of dryer fires happening in that month alone. An estimated five deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property loss are also reported each year.
According to the USFA, failure to clean dryers is the main cause of around a third of these fires. Several ways to prevent these from happening include:
- Clean the lint filter before every load of laundry.
- Keep from drying anything with foam, rubber or plastic, such as a bath mat with rubber backing.
- Do not leave the dryer running when leaving or going to sleep.
You can find a complete list on usfa.fema.gov.