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Dryer Vent Safety - Introduction
Dryer Vent Safety - What You Need to Know

Dryer fires often start with problems in dryer venting and the lint trap

In 1999 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) developed a report called the “Report on Electric and Gas Clothes Dryers.” In it they state that about 75% of households have a clothes dryer which means that roughly 75 million households have a gas or electric clothes dryer in the United States. The report also showed that in 1996 as a sample year, over 15,000 fires, 20 deaths, over 300 injuries and over $80 million in property damage occurred from just dryer fires.

Of the 15,000 fires, electric dryers were over 2.5 times more likely to be the cause of the fire than gas dryers. This is often due to the higher heat discharge from electric dryers which exacerbates the lint buildup problem. You see, fires originated most frequently from two places: dryer venting and the lint trap.

Why these two places? Because of lack of proper vent cleaning and the use of improper dryer venting. This is why dryer vent safety standards have been developed. There is still a lot of misunderstanding and confusion about types of dryer venting and where they can and should be used. In this tutorial we will review dryer safety standards and some basic things to do to increase the safety associated with using your dryer to keep your family safe.

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