Clogged Dryer Vents and Old Holiday Lights

Orland Park Dryer Vent Cleaning Wizard Warns about Clogged Dryer Vents and Old Holiday Lights 

The Wizard work to educate consumers about dryer fire prevention and energy savings all year long and adds holiday safety tips to the conversation to ensure a safe and happy time for area families


Orland Park IL -- Dryer vent cleaning is well worth the expense for preventing dryer fires, reducing energy bills, extending the life of the clothes dryer, preventing mold and mildew damage and for those who have a gas dryer, it eliminates a possible carbon monoxide threat. All of these great benefits come from one simple, but often neglected home service.

Joe Enzenberger, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard (, cannot say enough about the importance of annual dryer vent cleaning. The fall and winter months are the time of year when most home fires occur. It is especially sad when a family is left homeless during the holiday season.

For this reason, the Wizard is also providing tips to prevent fires caused by Christmas tree lights. The Wizard recalls reading about one dryer fire where a family lost their home in the length of time it took to pick up a pizza. They had the tree lights on, which caused the fire. When they returned home just 20 minutes later they found the house to be completely destroyed.

Here are some holiday safety tips from the Wizard:

Choose lights that are safety tested by a reputable laboratory, for example UL (Underwriters Laboratories) or ETL (Electrical Testing Laboratories). This information will be noted on the packaging the lights come in if they are deemed safe by these laboratories.

Use the mini lights; the older style, larger bulbs burn much hotter. Choose lights that have fuses in the plugs.

Check lights before hanging them each year; look for broken sockets, loose connections and frayed or bare wire.

Check the wattage when replacing burned out bulbs.

For outdoor decorating, check the package to be sure the lights can be used outdoors. Plug outdoor decorations into a GFCI outlet and secure lights with insulated holders, not tacks or nails.

Dryer Vents and Christmas Lights – Who would think they had so much in common!

Overheating and Fire Hazard: When the dryer vent systems is clogged with lint, the dryer can overheat and cause a fire. When Christmas lights get old and cords become frayed they too can overheat and cause a fire.

Never leave home or go to sleep when the dryer is running and the Christmas lights are on.

Have professional dryer vent cleaning done annually and be sure to follow safety precautions when decorating the home for Christmas.

Joe Enzenberger has a passion for eliminating fire hazards in his community while performing an important home service. Joe is certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America as a Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician, serving homeowners, multi-unit buildings, homeowner associations, residential property managers, hair salons, pet grooming parlors, fitness centers, commercial laundries, assisted living homes, nursing homes and anyone with a clothes dryer.

Dryer Vent Wizard provides a worry-free, annual maintenance program, to ensure clothes dryers are operating safely and efficiently. Dryer vent cleaning and proper installation will promote maximum dryer performance and extend the life of the appliance. 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.

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