Carlisle, OH, May 25, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- According to the US 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.
“We’ve found a huge lack of awareness among consumers who think it is normal for their clothes dryer to take two to three cycles to dry one load of clothing and don’t realize this is a dryer vent clog warning sign and fire hazard,” says Greg Longe. Greg and his partner, John Lynch franchise Dryer Vent Wizard, Dry Clothes, Safe Homes, a nationwide chain of dryer vent cleaning, repair, replacement and alteration specialists in the U.S.
In joining efforts with the NFPA, Dryer Vent Wizard is providing advice to consumers to minimize the risk of dryer fires. They advise consumers to be sure the dryer vent systems are up to code with the city, state and manufacturer by replacing any plastic or foil vent systems with semi-rigid or solid metal venting. Consumers should be sure screen lint trays are clean before and after drying each load of laundry. They should also be washed with soap and water every few months to remove residue left behind by fabric softeners, and professionally cleaned and inspected annually. In addition, people need to be sure to not keep combustibles like chemical cleaning products or chemical laden rags near clothes dryers. Also, do not leave the house or go to sleep with the dryer running and during cold weather, check the outside vent cover to be sure it is not blocked or frozen shut.
Dryer Vent Wizard points out the warning signs to look for, including clothes taking more than one cycle to dry, especially jeans and towels, no visible lint on the lint screen, dryer repeatedly stops during a cycle, clothing having a moldy smell after a dry cycle, and clothing being very hot after a dry cycle.
Fire prevention and safety begins at home; go to http://www.dryerventwizard.com/ventcheck_request.htm for a free dryer vent safety check kit. Tell your friends, loved ones, and neighbors, especially if you live in an apartment building, to do the same.
Dryer Vent Wizard, Dry Clothes Safe Homes is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the largest chain of dryer vent cleaning, repair, replacement and alternation specialists in the U.S. with nearly 50 franchisees in major markets in the U.S.
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