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DRYER FIRES: Dryer Fire Fact Sheet

Anatomy of a Dryer Fire

Dryer fires usually start beneath the dryer when the motor overheats. Overheating is caused by a build-up of lint in the duct that increases the drying time and blocks the flow of air, just like cholesterol in your arteries can build up and block the flow of blood to your heart. Naturally, any lint that has collected under the dryer will burn and the draft from the dryer will pull that fire up into the duct. Since the duct is coated or even blocked with lint, many times a house fire results.

From FEMA: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v13i7.pdf

Read more: http://www.mastersheatcool.com/webapp/p/432/dryer-vents-can-cause-fires.html#ixzz2ZuHWG3oj 
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