Dryer, Dryer Pants on Fire!

March 2, 2017


Dryers are among the least-discussed fire threats in the home, but can be a major risk when not properly monitored and managed. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), states that 2,900 dryer-caused house fires occur each year resulting in an estimated $35 million in damages.

Take these steps to lessen this severe fire threat:

  • Understanding the basics of cleaning
  • Clean lint out of the vent pipe every 3 months
  • Have your dryer cleaned regularly by a professional, especially if it is taking longer than normal for clothes to dry
  • Take a closer look at vents to ensure it is not damaged or restricted
  • Check regularly to make sure nests of small animals and insects are not blocking the outside vent
  • See the manufacturer’s history to ensure it has not produced dryers that have malfunctioned and caused fires in the past


Our good friends at ServPro can inspect and clean your ventilation system keeping air quality clear and your equipment running smooth. ServPro professionals are available 24 hours a day for cleanup & restoration if you experience a fire or water damage.