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Dryers and washing machines
The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires is failure to clean them
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.
Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
Facts and figures
Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 4%.
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-fueled clothes dryers and electric-powered clothes dryers.
Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.
In 2014, there were an estimated 367,500 reported home structure fires and 2,745 associated civilian deaths in the United States.
Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm.
Most “fire-related injuries” are burns. In fact, approximately every 60 seconds someone in the U.S. sustains a burn injury serious enough to require treatment.* Increased awareness of the dangers can prevent injuries. Keep your family safe by learning how to prevent burns.
National Burn Awareness Week is observed the first full week in February, and it is designed to provide an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities. NFPA provides a number of resources to help keep kids, adults and communities safe and aware of potentially harmful situations.
A reminder that trash burning is always illegal in subdivisions or on less than 5 acres. Deputy Fire Marshals were out all weekend issuing citations and more were issued today. To file a complaint about illegal trash burning go to our website and click on outdoor burning for a complaint form.
For more information on outdoor burning go to our website –www.mctx.org/fire and click on the outdoor burning tab.
National Hurricane Center releases new storm surge video
NOAA’s National Hurricane Center and Office for Coastal Management have worked in collaboration to produce a new video to raise awareness of storm surge.
Storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a tropical cyclone, yet many people do not understand the term or the danger it poses.
Hurricane evacuations in the U.S. are primarily based on storm surge, not wind. Many forget that most of the damage and fatalities from tropical cyclones are a result of the water and not the wind. A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes only two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles—including pickups and SUVs.
This new video uses a “fast draw” technique to explain the storm surge hazard in an engaging and interesting manner.
January 20, 2015