“Clothes dryers are an appliance that make our lives easier but we often take them for granted. We shouldn’t,” said Angie’s List founder, Angie Hicks. “We need to maintain them and most importantly have their vents cleaned.”
Facts and figures
- In 2010, an estimated 16,800 reported U.S. non-confined or confined home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines resulted in 51 civilian deaths, 380 civilian injuries and $236 million in direct property damage.
- Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 4%.
- The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires was failure to clean (32%), followed by unclassified mechanical failure or malfunction (22%). Eight percent were caused by some type of electrical failure or malfunction.
We encourage you to share this information with your family and friends. In our opinion, everybody is so busy, the focus is on taking care of the pile of clothes in the laundry room and we don’t take time to think about the importance of proper maintenance. Or we see or hear a story like about a dryer fire and think it will never happen to us.
EMERGE INSURANCE AGENCY