“Prevent a fire, clean your dryer” was the message on purple wristbands distributed across the country by Dryer Vent Wizard (DVW) in October, during National Fire Prevention Month.
DVW franchisees throughout the United States participated in fire department open houses, community events, on-air interviews, and more to help raise public awareness that poorly maintained or clogged dryer vents are the leading cause of over 15,500 dryer fires every year.
Dryer Vent Wizard partnered with the <a href="/childrens-burn-foundation">Children’s Burn Foundation</a>, a non-profit organization that helps child burn survivors by providing both medical and psychological care and activities.
“We raised more than $5,000 through donations,” said Terry Reuer, DVW president. “We actually exceeded our goal and donated 100% of the proceeds to this very worthwhile organization.”
Reuer also acknowledged some of DVW’s franchisees who took time from normal business hours to benefit local communities.
- Gina Fazil, DVW franchisee in Sacramento California, was featured on Good Day Sacramento, a TV show on CW 31. She provided an in-home demonstration of potential dryer vent hazards.
- On the East Coast, John Ryley, DVW franchisee of Suffolk County, New York attended a local fire open house in Manorville, distributing dryer fire safety information.
- Larry Butterfield, DVW owner of Southeast Michigan, participated in a local fire station open house in Chelsea, Mich. He provided an educational display, held a prize drawing for visitors, and answered questions along with the home office staff.
Upon learning the outcome of DVW’s fundraising efforts, Children’s Burn Foundation Executive Director Carol Horvitz said, “Dryer Vent Wizard’s support will give new hope for children suffering from burns and will help continue our mutual mission to prevent burn injuries. We hold a special place in our hearts for all who participated.”