DETROIT, MI--(Marketwire - Nov 14, 2012) - "Prevent a fire, clean your dryer" was the message on special wristbands distributed across the country by Dryer Vent Wizard (DVW) in October during National Fire Prevention month. DVW is a nationwide franchise that specializes in dryer vent repair, replacement, alteration, cleaning and maintenance for residential and commercial clients.
DVW franchisees and technicians throughout the U.S. 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 an estimated 15,500 dryer fires every year.
For the first time during National Fire Prevention month, DVW partnered with the Children's Burn Foundation, www.childburn.org, a non-profit organization that provides medical and psychological care and activities for children burned in fires, and programs for burn prevention and education.
"We raised more than $5,000 through donations of as little as $5 each for a wristband," 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, Calif., was featured on Good Day Sacramento, a TV show on CW 31. She provided an in-home demonstration of potential dryer vent hazards that was videotaped and made available online.
On the East Coast, John Ryley of Dryer Vent Wizard in Suffolk County, New York attended a local Fire Prevention Day in Manorville, distributing fire safety information.
Larry Butterfield, DVW owner of Southeast Michigan, participated in the Fire Station Open House in Chelsea, Mich. He set up an educational display, answered questions and held a prize drawing for visitors that attracted hundreds of people.
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 help continue our mutual mission to prevent burn injuries. We hold a special place in our hearts for all who participated."
Founded in 2004, Dryer Vent Wizard services 300 communities nationwide and helps raise awareness about the importance of dryer vent cleaning to prevent dryer fires and save energy. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.DryerVentWizard.com or call 866-498-SAFE(7233).