02-10-2014 08:17 AM
Content provided courtesy of USAA.
An estimated 2,900 residential fires a year are caused by clothes dryers, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. These fires increase in the fall and winter, peaking in January, probably because of the quantity and kind of clothes worn in cooler months, the report states.
Highly combustible lint in the dryer and vent can reduce airflow and cause overheating, the report warns. Other culprits are foam-backed rugs and athletic shoes in dryers, and nests from small birds or animals in the exhaust vent.
To help guard against the risk, the Underwriters Laboratories Inc. recommends: