WARREN, Mich., Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- October is National Fire Prevention Month. Dryer Vent Wizard joins the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) in another year of fire prevention awareness efforts. DVW will also offer discounted pricing off dryer vent cleanings to consumer and commercial clients to prevent dryer fires during October.
"Most consumers still think it's normal for their dryer to take two to three cycles to dry one load of clothing, when this is a warning sign that the vent line is clogged, in disrepair and a fire hazard," says Terry Reuer, President and CFO of Dryer Vent Wizard -- a national franchise that specializes in dryer vent repair, replacement, alteration, cleaning and maintenance for residential and commercial clients.
Consumers can minimize the risk of dryer fires by adhering to the following preventative maintenance advice by Dryer Vent Wizard:
- Replace any plastic or foil vent with semi-rigid or solid metal venting. Plastic is flammable and foil is a known lint accumulator.
- Clean screen lint trays before and after drying a load.
- Wash lint screens with soap and water every few months to remove residue left behind by fabric softeners.
- Don't keep combustibles like chemical cleaning products or chemical laden rags near your dryer.
- Don't leave your home or go to bed with your dryer running.
- Have dryer vents professionally cleaned and inspected annually.
Warning signs to look for:
- Clothes are taking more than one cycle to dry, especially jeans and towels.
- No lint visible on lint screen.
- Dryer repeatedly stops during a cycle.
- Clothes have moldy smell after dry cycle.
Dryer Vent Wizard is the largest chain of dryer vent cleaning, repair, replacement and alteration specialists in the U.S., with nearly 60 franchisees in major markets in the U.S.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, dryer fires account for an average of 15,000 fires with an approximate $88 million in property damage, 15 deaths and 400 injuries annually. "Failure to clean" was cited as the leading factor contributing to clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
For more information contact 866-498-SAFE (7233). On line scheduling can be found at www.dryerventwizard.com. Follow DVW on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dryerventwizard) and Twitter (DryerVentWizard) to learn more about dryer fire safety.
Terry Reuer available for interviews.
FOR: Dryer Vent Wizard
CONTACT: Terry Reuer
5523 E. Nine Mile Rd.
Phone: 586-619-2160 x 550
Warren, MI 48091
SOURCE Dryer Vent Wizard