The top 11 participants identified 195 homeowners with potential safety hazards and areas where they could reduce energy consumption
Warren, MI - Dayn Benson, VP of Corporate Development for Dryer Vent Wizard (DVW), Dry Clothes, Safe Homes, recognized 11 appliance repair companies nationwide for their efforts in keeping consumers safe from dryer fires and reducing energy consumption with the Dryer Vent Safety Advocate Award.
As part of a national contest sponsored by DVW that ran from April 1st through June 30th , 2008, the award recognizes the appliance repair companies who created the most consumer awareness of dryer vent safety and energy savings with a free meal once a month for an entire year.
"When consumers find their dryer taking more than one cycle to dry a load, they assume it's mechanical when the real problem is lint accumulation in the dryer vent causing the dryer to work inefficiently and become susceptible to a dryer fire," says Dayn Benson, VP of Corporate Development for Dryer Vent Wizard.
The winner of the contest is County Wide Appliance Service in Syracuse, New York who identified the most dryer vent safety hazards and partnered with John Stevenson of Dryer Vent Wizard Upstate New York from April through June to address them. Jim Ours, General Manager of County Wide and has worked there since 1968. "Our customers appreciate the specialty in his expertise especially helping us make our customer aware of safety issues in the laundry room. In addition, our technicians can focus on the technical aspects of dryer repair instead of venting," says Ours.
The top 11contest participants identified 195 homeowners with potential safety hazards and areas to reduce energy consumption. Contest Honorable Mentions are as follows:
- Same Day Service in Woburn, Massachusetts
- Andy's Appliance Repair in Wake Forest, North Carolina
- Advanced Appliance Services in Gastonia, North Carolina
- Betty's Maytag in Virginia
- AAA Appliance in West Palm Beach, Florida
- Judd & Black Service Center in the Seattle area
- ServiceCare in Birmingham, Alabama
- JS Appliance in Miller Place, New York
- Landers Appliance in Baltimore, Maryland
- Bill & Rod's in Southeast Michigan
According to the U.S. Fire Administration there are an average of 15,000 dryer fires in the U.S. 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. Similar reports by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, (CPSC), confirm annual maintenance of dryers and dryer vents as a home safety issue lacking consumer awareness.
Dryer Vent Wizard, Dry Clothes, Safe Homes is a national franchise company under the management of AFS Group of Companies in Warren, MI.
For more information call 866-498-SAFE.
Dryer Vent Wizard
5523 E. 9 Mile Rd
Warren, MI 48091
Phone: 586-619-2160 x 324
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