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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fire Prevention Month October.

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Prevention Month across the country. Dryer Vent Wizard, Dry Clothes, Safe Homes is joining the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in fire prevention awareness efforts by providing a downloadable tips brochure for preventing dryer fires and giving away dryer clog measurement tools and smoke alarms.

"We've found a huge lack of awareness among consumers who think it's normal for their 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 who along with partner, John Lynch franchise Dryer Vent Wizard, Dry Clothes, Safe Homes, a nationwide chain of dryer vent cleaning, repair, replacement and alternation specialists in the U.S.

During this month, consumers will be encouraged to visit the Dryer Vent Wizard, Dry Clothes, Safe Homes, Fire Prevention Month "Preventing Dryer Fires, Saving Lives" website section to become informed of the dangers that lurk in the laundry room and receive free tools.

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 citied as the leading factor contributing to clothes dryer fires in residential buildings

In joining efforts with the NFPA for Fire Prevention month, Dryer Vent Wizard is providing the following advice to consumers to minimize the risk of dryer fires.

-- Be sure that dryer vent systems are up to code with city, state
and manufacturer.
-- Replace any plastic or foil vent with semi-rigid or solid metal
venting.
-- 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.
-- Have dryer vents professionally cleaned and inspected annually.
-- Don't keep combustibles like chemical cleaning products or
chemical laden rags near dryers.

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.


"This month we would like homeowners to take the necessary steps to make sure that their home is safe and practice their escape plan." Says Longe

For additional information on the National Fire Protection Association's "Practice Your Escape Plan," visit http://www.nfpa.org/

To receive a free dryer fire clog measurement tool or smoke alarm and downloadable brochure visit http://www.dryerventwizard.com/ and click on "Fire Prevention Month."

Dryer Vent Wizard, Dry Clothes Safe Homes is 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.

Source Citation
"Fire Prevention Month October." PR Newswire 19 Sept. 2007. General OneFile. Web. 20 Oct. 2010.
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