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Dryer Fire Protection

In 2010, an estimated 16,800 reported U.S. non-confined or confined home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines (including combination washer/dryers) resulted in 51 civilian deaths, 380 civilian injuries, and $236 million in direct property damage.

Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Lint can block the flow of air, causing excessive heat build-up.

  • The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires was failure to clean (32%), followed by unclassified mechanical failure or malfunction (22%). Eight percent were caused by some type of electrical failure or malfunction.
  • The risk of fire is roughly equal for gas-fuelled clothes dryers and electric-powered clothes dryers.

Source: NFPA's - Home Fires Involving Clothes Dryers and Washing Machines report by John R. Hall (September 2012).

Reducing the risk with Watermist Fire Protection

Automist Smartscan has been extensively tested as a retrofittable fire protection device for dryers and laundry rooms.

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According to the live burn demonstrations conducted by Q Dot Engineering studied and observed by Fire Research and Technology, LLC, the use of Automist Smartscan could definitely reduce the severity of property losses and save lives from ensuing dryer fires.

Jason Karasinski

Jason Karasinski President of Fire Research and Technology, LLC (FRT) & Leading Expert on Dryer Fires