Clothes dryer fires cause an average of $35 million in damage to homes, apartments and condos each year, according to a new report by the U.S. Fire Administration.
Based on data from 2008 to 2010, the report says the fires cause an estimated 100 injuries and kill an average of five people a year.
Failure to remove lint from the traps, vents and surrounding areas of the dryer is the leading culprit behind the fires, followed by mechanical problems and electrical failures and malfunctions.
Fifty-four percent of the fires were confined to the dryer and 32 percent stayed in the room. The other 14 percent spread beyond the laundry room, causing, on average, more than $37,000 per house or building.