Deadly Disasters Prompt the Oakdale Dryer Vent Cleaning Wizard to Take Action

Dryer vent cleaning may have dryer fires that left families homeless and threatened school children



Oakdale, CA – Failure to clean dryer vents is the leading cause of dryer related fires. Improper dryer vent installation or inferior dryer vent systems are also major contributors to dryer fire hazards. The Oakdale Dryer Vent Cleaning Wizard has read the news about many dryer fires that occurred in attached apartments, condos and even a school where many lives were threatened.

One dryer fire left two families homeless after a clogged dryer vent caused a fire in their apartment building. Another dryer fire in the upstairs unit in a condo complex started in the lint trap of the dryer.

The Wizard was especially concerned when he heard about a dryer fire where students were evacuated from the school for over an hour. The dryer contained hot mats, rags and aprons used by the cafeteria staff. The hot mats were discovered to contain a plastic-like liner which, when heated, could become flammable. This was the second time in two weeks that students were evacuated because of a smoking dryer problem.

James Smith, certified dryer exhaust technician and owner of Dryer Vent Wizard (, was upset to read about these fires. He was most disturbed by the fire that occurred at a school. “The article said it the second time in two weeks that students were evacuated because of a smoking dryer problem,” said Smith. “One time is too many, but why wasn’t the problem resolved before it occurred a second time?”

For this reason, James Smith and fellow Wizards across the US spend time with their customers, educating them on the importance of proper dryer vent cleaning and proper installation to eliminate fire hazards. “Residents in multi-unit apartment buildings are really at risk,” said Smith. “Public laundries, schools, gyms, beauty shops and other large buildings that have clothes dryers are also at risk. Safely evacuating a panicked crowd from a public building that is on fire often results in injury.”

James Smith is the Modesto, California Wizard and he takes great pride in his work. In order to provide the very best dryer vent service possible, he has gone the extra mile to further his education by becoming CSIA Certified (contractor license #943017) in dryer exhaust services. 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.