An often overlooked area of any home or rental property might just be the dryer vent. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are about 2,900 dryer fires every year resulting in over $35 million in property loss. What’s the leading cause of those fires? Failure to clean their vents. Once these vents get clogged with lint it not only takes longer to dry clothes (increasing electricity costs) but greatly increases the odds of a fire. Bottom line, landlords; make sure this is on your routine punch list.
- 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
- The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them (34%).
- More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.