Fire Prevention Tips from the Nassau County Dryer Vent Cleaning Wizard

A dryer fire that caused over 150,000 in property damage, leaving a family of 6 homeless prompted the Wizard to promote an important message

Nassau County NY – The Nassau County Dryer Vent Cleaning Wizard provides fire prevention tips to area residents who may not be aware that cleaning dryer vents is the number one way to prevent dryer fires. Clothes dryers are the most likely appliance to start a fire, with over 17,000 dryer related fires occurring annually.

When Bob Dougherty, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard read about an early morning fire that caused over 150,000 in property damage he was very upset. The family of six was lucky to escape without injury. Dryer vent cleaning service may have prevented this disaster.

Residents were asleep when the fire started. A clogged dryer vent caused the dryer to overheat and materials stored nearby to ignite. The fire spread up the wall and into the attic, causing significant smoke damage to the home.

Dryer Vent Wizard ( provides dryer vent cleaning, dryer vent repair and new dryer vent installation for residents and business owners in Nassau County and neighboring communities. Here are some fire prevention tips the Wizard provides to his customers:

• Have appliances professionally installed

• Electric Dryer – A licensed electrician should inspect the electrical service to be sure the dryer has the right size breaker and that it is properly grounded

• Gas Dryer – A licensed plumber should inspect the gas fittings and flex hose for gas leaks

• Never leave home or go to sleep when the dryer is running

• Keep the lint filter clean and inspect it regularly for tears or damage

• Keep the laundry room clear of combustibles like boxes and flammable substances

• Never put synthetic materials including rubber, foam or plastic in the dryer

• Have the dryer vent system inspected and cleaned regularly

Customers who order service by the Wizard enjoy friendly conversation and education about how their dryer vent system works. Bob Dougherty does a complete inspection and explains his recommendations for improving airflow, reducing energy expenses, improving dryer performance and preventing a fire hazard. Dryer vent cleaning and repair or replacement of a faulty dryer vent system will provide all these benefits and more.

Dryer Vent Wizard can clean, repair or replace dryer vent systems in homes and businesses to make them as safe and efficient as possible. Bob Dougherty serves Nassau County, Hicksville, Old Westbury and nearby cities. Visit to learn more.

About Dryer Vent Wizard:
Dryer Vent Wizard 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 60 franchisees in major markets. Dryer Vent Wizard franchisees work to promote public awareness on the importance of dryer vent cleaning to prevent dryer fires and save energy. Consumer education while making clothes dryers safer and greener are the main focus of DVW franchisees. Dryer Vent Wizard was founded in 2004 by Dave Lavalle who is also the founder of the Mr. Handyman franchise.