Dryer vents can get blocked or clogged as a result of repeated use. Lint and other debris collected in your dryer vents can start a fire. “Other debris” might include animal nesting materials. Lint collected in dryer vents is dry and flammable.
The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires was failure to clean (32%).
Dryers and washing machines were involved in 1 out of 22 home fires for 2006-2010.
In 2010, an estimated 16,800 fires involved clothes dryers or washing machines, resulting in 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property damage.