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How Does a Dryer Catch on Fire? 
According to Single Family Home Remodeling, the clothes dryer is one of the three top electricity users in your house. This electricity is used to create ample amounts of heat to dry laundry. If not cleaned or maintained properly, dryers have the potential to ignite, causing damage, injury and even death.
Cause
• The buildup and ignition of lint causes dryers to catch on fire. If lint is caught in an inopportune area of the dryer, such as the vent, it may heat up and catch fire over time.

Process
• Lint is a result of the natural wear and tear of clothes over time. As clothes are dried, lint is expelled into the lint catcher and pipes. If not removed from the lint catcher and pipes, it tends to collect and create deposits. These deposits obstruct air flow through the dryer and increase the buildup of interior heat. Once dry, lint becomes flammable and may catch fire if there is enough of it to serve as adequate fuel.

Considerations
• In dryers whose pipes connect directly to an outside wall, the buildup of lint is less of an issue. Lint can be expelled from the dryer quickly and into a safe area. However, many dryers have several feet of pipe through which lint must travel before it is expelled. These dryers pose a greater fire hazard. A worse issue is the lack of maintenance given to dryers. People who use dryers and never empty the lint catcher, clean dryer vents or inspect air flow obstructions are at a greater risk.


Danger
• According to "Dateline NBC," 14,500 dryers catch fire every year, killing 10 people. Such incidents occur when a dryer catches fire and is not promptly extinguished. This may occur if the dryer’s owner is occupied or absent and does not notice the imminent danger. After lint has ignited, fire may spread to dry clothes and then beyond the confines of the dryer. If left unchecked, fire may continue to spread and cause irreparable damage or injury.

Warning
• If a dryer exhibits poor performance, it may be from air flow obstruction caused by a lint deposit. These dryers should be cleaned immediately. If poor performance continues after the dryer has been cleaned, professional maintenance may be required to remove blockage in hard-to-reach areas
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Learn How To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality.

Pollution isn't limited to outdoor emissions. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor pollution levels can be 2 to 5 times greater than outdoor levels. Given that the average American spends up to 90 percent of his or her time inside, indoor air quality has become a public health concern.
Know the 3 Types of Pollutants
“Indoor pollutants can be grouped into three different categories: gaseous, particulate and biological,” explains Elliott Horner, lead scientist at UL Environment. And, Horner adds, each category has its own risks.
Gaseous
When pollutants are in the gaseous state, they produce dangerous side effects. Minor ailments can include headaches and eye irritations. But the pollutants also can trigger much more serious consequences such as cancer and even death. The most worrisome gaseous pollutants include:
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—Building materials and other household goods emit these chemicals, such as formaldehyde. Common sources are woods, drywall, adhesives, paint, cleaning products, furniture and even home electronics.
Radon gas, which occurs naturally in soil, is the second-leading cause of lung cancer and is responsible for at least 21,000 deaths a year.
Particulate 
Ultra-fine liquid or solid particles in the air can get deep into the lungs. They are associated with an increased risk of allergies and asthma attacks. Common particulates are:
Pollen
Dust
Dust mites
Animal dander
Diesel exhaust particles that seep in from outdoors
Biological
“Biological pollutants almost always involve dampness or water damage,” Horner says. Humidity, water line breaks and flooding are frequent sources. They can cause infections and worsen allergies and asthma, and often produce less-toxic VOCs that still are a cause for concern. Biological pollutants include:
Mold
Mildew
Bacteria—mostly occupant-related
Viruses—all occupant-related
Detecting a Problem
You can see many particulate pollutants, such as dust, but detecting the other types requires testing.
“There are several analytical sciences to detect issues in air quality, but they are very expensive,” says Horner. “However, there are some clues that the average person can pick up on, too.”
Horner suggests paying attention to foul or musty odors; or eye, skin or respiratory irritations among family members. Commercially available test kits can help you identify potential problems. If you suspect you’re dealing with a bigger problem, contact an environmental consultant or your local or state health department for assistance.
Preventing Future Problems
“Preventing and controlling indoor pollutants is best done with an integrated approach during the design, construction and operation parts of the life of a building,” explains Horner. Take steps toward healthier air through smart maintenance and furnishings:
Ventilate to increase fresh air.
Change your HVAC filters regularly.
Keep the humidity level between 30 and 50 percent.
Promptly address any leaks: plumbing, roof, or other.
Don’t allow smoking in your home.
Wash sheets and blankets weekly in hot water.
Keep pets out of bedrooms and off furniture.
Test your home with a DIY radon kit.
Clean up water damage within 48 hours.
Buy low-emitting products.
Invest in a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum.
Learn more about improving your indoor air quality from the EPA and the American Lung Association
The information in this article was obtained from various sources. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under any policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.
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