New report outlines trends in home fires involving clothes dryers and washing machines

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on May 22, 2017

Color bars indicating fire statistics

In recent years, the annual number of home fires involving clothes dryers and washing machines reported to U.S. fire departments has fluctuated from year to year, after falling in the early 1980s and then leveling off in the 1990s. This is according to a new report: Home Fires Involving Clothes Dryers and Washing Machines.Photo of the inside of a clothes dryer tumbler following by bulleted safety tips

In 2010-2014, U.S. municipal fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year. These fire resulted in annual losses estimated at 13 deaths, 440 injuries and $238 million in direct property damage.

A printable clothes dryer and washing machines fact sheet includes quick statistics from the new report. The Clothes Dryer Safety tip sheet outlines safety measures for preventing a clothes dryer fire.