Dryers Causes 92% Deadly House Fires

 

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Fires 2002-09 Flectrical Fries or other  problems SaferProducts.gov complaints related to fires in 2011
Recalled 2007-11

Common problems

 Clothes Dryers
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8,717
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  Lint built-up,
  Gas leaks

More than 15 million appliance units have been recalled in the past five years for defects that could cause a fire, according to our analysis of CPSC records, with 1,942 Firefighters Remove Burned Dryerincidents reported. Almost half of the recalled units were dishwashers, were fire spread beyond the units were dishwashers, were fire spread beyond the unit. Recalled products aren't the only concern. When analyzed data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) from 2002 through 2009, the latest available, found more than 69,000 fires in which an appliance was the primary cause. The most incidents were attributed to ranges, followed by dryers, air conditioners, refrigerators, and dishwashers. The safety concerns arise as more appliances, or their components, are manufactured abroad. Almost four of every five recalls in our tally involved products made outside of the U.S. John Drengenberg, safety director with Underwriters Laboratory (UL), says: "Very often the problem can be traced back to a substandard part that’s coming from an outside supplier.” Industry officials insist that standards are the same whatever the parts’ origins, whether made domestically or imported. Whirlpool, which bought Maytag in 2006, says in a statement, “The same safety system applies regardless of the source of our products or components." Manufacturers work very closely with their suppliers on everything from the design of components to their implementation in the final product. Products liability litigation allows consumers to take action against manufacturers, distributors and sellers of defective and dangerous products. Unsafe product litigation generally concerns design defects, manufacturing defects and defects in labeling and warnings. New Jersey and New York have laws on product safety and litigation. A case may be argued in terms of the defendant's negligence, strict liability or breach of warranty. Frequently, issues of responsibility are weighed in terms of whether the product is unreasonably unsafe and whether or not the consumer acted reasonably in using the product. Dryer Defective Design causes 92% Deadly House Fires Not many people think of clothes dryers as being particularly dangerous, but according to the National Fire Protection Association, they can be deadly. Clothes dryers accounted for 92%, thats 15,000 house fires per year in the U.S. caused by clothes dryers of the fires.                                                                          

Clothes Dryer most Neglected Household Appliance

when it comes to Fire Safety

Warning Signs:  Risk of a Dryer Fire

Dryers Particularly Dangerous

Not many people think of clothes dryers as being particularly dangerous, but according to the National Fire Protection Association, they can be deadly. Clothes dryers accounted for 92%, that's 15,000 house fires per year in the U.S. caused by clothes dryers of the fires. The last year the advocacy group published a report about dryers was in 2009, and at that time the most up-to-date data came from 2006. In that year alone, there were about 17,700 home fires involving dryers and/or washing machines (92% of these involved dryers). These fires resulted in an estimated 15 deaths, 360 injuries, and $194 million worth of direct property damage. Over two-thirds of dryer fires from 2003 – 2006 began with the ignition of clothing, dust, fibers, lint, or other “soft goods” in the machine. (The Consumer Products Safety Commission published an in-depth study of such fires in 1998.)

How a Clothes Dryer Fire Occurs
Lint accumulation and reduced airflow feed on each other to provide conditions ripe for a fire. Lint is a highly combustible material, which, interestingly enough, is one of the ingredients in a recipe for home-made fire starters. A number of dryer vent problems contribute to this.


Products liability litigation

Allows consumers to take action against manufacturers, distributors and sellers of defective and dangerous products.

Litigation with Electrolux

Sold under brands Frigidaire, Westinghouse, Electrolux

Unsafe product litigation generally concerns design defects, manufacturing defects and defects in labeling and warnings. New Jersey and New York have laws on product safety and litigation. A case may be argued in terms of the defendant's negligence, strict liability or breach of warranty. Frequently, issues of responsibility are weighed in terms of whether the product is unreasonably unsafe and whether or not the consumer acted reasonably in using the product.
A growing problem
Traditionally, most clothes dryers were in the basement. However, nowadays many newer homes tend to have dryers located away from an outside wall in bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and hall closets. These new locations mean dryers tend to be vented longer distances and vents are generally installed with sharp turns and bends to accommodate the structure of the home. As a result, dryer vents are harder to reach, and also create more places for lint to gather. The ideal solution is to have short, straight, dryer duct venting. However, a dryer vent booster, while not the ideal approach, can improve your dryer venting in cases where your venting is longer and/or has more bends than it should. In addition to creating a fire hazard, if the venting is too long and/or has two many bends, it will cause your dryer to take much longer than necessary to dry loads.

How a Clothes Dryer Fire Occurs
Lint accumulation and reduced airflow feed on each other to provide conditions ripe for a fire. Lint is a highly combustible material, which, interestingly enough, is one of the ingredients in a recipe for home-made fire starters. A number of dryer vent problems contribute to this.

Vent Fire

Causes of Dryer Fires

  1. Clothing in dryer - 30%

  2. Electrical cable insulation-29%

  3. Lint accumulating inside dryer or ducting - 27%

  4. Appliance housing - 21%

  5. Appliance drive or belt - 18% 

  6. Items left around outside or stacked on top of dryer - 10%

Consumer responsibility To prevent dryer fires.

Most common and important dryer vent mistakes are:

DO NOT assume that lint traps catch all the lint.

NEVER DO'S

NOT TO CLEANING LINT FILTER AFTER EVERY DRYING LOAD

1. Never let your clothes dryer run while you are out of the house or even worse, when you are asleep. 

2. Thoroughly read manufacturers' instructions regarding the safe use of their dryers.

INSTALLING DRYER PROPERLY

     Clothes Dryer Tutorials

    Clothes Dryer Diagnostic Guide

  • Dryer vents are too long and/or have too many bends, flimsy plastic or foil duct extenders. Only metal vents should be used, which is what most manufacturers specify.
  • Inadequate clearance space between dryer and wall.
    Failure to clean the dryer ducting, do a yearly cleaning at the lease.

Mighty be already be at risk:

 If you noticing any of the following your at risk


 
  1. INCREASED drying times / LONGER cycles needed to dry
  2. Clothes Clothes coming out of the dryer are HOT TO TOUCH
  3. Dryer seems to run HOTTER than normal (when you touch any part of it while it's running)
  4. Notice a BURNING smells.
How much energy can be save on bills by having dryer duct cleaned?  
  • As much as $25/month savings
  • Less wear and tear on dryer
  • Clothing will not get to hot causing fabric to wear

Service Solutions

1. Use a condensing dryer. Unlike conventional clothes dryers, condensing dryers do require external clothes dryer venting. This significantly reduces the risk of a dryer fire. 
2. Use a spin dryer, which uses an extremely fast spin speed to extract water from the clothes. They extract significantly more water from the clothes than a washing machine spin cycle does. Spin dryers can be used alone or in conjunction with a conventional clothes dryer.

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