55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204
Last week, a residential fire in SW Portland caused over $20,000 in damage. The fire was determined to be caused by a build-up of lint in the dryer vent. Thankfully, the quick actions of firefighters prevented the house fire from spreading to nearby home and causing further damage.
Clothes dryer fires are one of the most common causes of house fires. The National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) estimates between 2003 and 2006, one out of every 23 home fires was caused by the dryers or washing machines. In 2006, the NFPA estimated firefighters responded to 17,700 fires caused by the household appliances.
The leading cause of these fires according to NFPA is failure to clean the lint from the dryer. The NFPA recommends regular cleaning of the lint vents, making sure the air exhaust vent pipe and outdoor vent flap are not restricted.
A few simple safety tips you can help prevent a clothes dryer fire:
For more clothes dryer safety tips, click here.
Portland Fire & Rescue
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September 19, 2011