The issue of fires in clothes dryers is certainly nothing new in Los Angeles, where firefighters respond daily - even hourly, to blazes that erupt in and near even the most modern machines.
These frequently preventable fires erupt in mansions and tenements, and have injured Los Angeles Firefighters, destroyed homes and caused tense moments for residents of nearby communities.
Though the facts may at first seem overwhelming, the danger can often be abated through awareness, maintenance and simple home improvements.
KTVK's Javier Soto reports...
While firefighters cannot endorse a particular 'dryer vent cleaning' company, we do encourage you to spend a few minutes reading the owner's manual for your clothes dryer, and paying heed to warning labels. If you have doubt as to the safety of any home appliance, we suggest you contact a trained expert.
Cleaning, realigning or replacing your clothes dryer vent system can only pay dividends if you make an investment of time and effort today!
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department