It is very easy to skip over maintenance on your washer and dryer, as they are simple appliances to use. But if you follow the steps below, you could avoid a dryer fire.

Dryer Fire Stats

  • 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year.
  • Dryer fires cause an estimated 5 deaths and 100 injuries each year.
  • $35 million in property loss happens each year because of dryer fires.

The Culprits

If your tenants don’t do their part to keep the lint trap clear…

Lint trap

or, if you or your Property Manager don’t clean dryer vents regularly…

Dryer vents

THIS could quickly become your dryer.

Dryer fire

How to Avoid a Dryer Fire

Just one inexpensive tool and a little elbow grease could save you thousands! You should make cleaning your dryer vent a part of your regular maintenance. This drill-powered duct brush is inexpensive and can be found at most hardware stores.

Duct brush

See this video for step-by-step instructions.

For more fire prevention tips, read Gearing Up for Fire Prevention.