Nashville Fire Department Awarded Fire Prevention Grant
Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer
Dryer Vent Wizard International presented Nashville Fire Department $500 check.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 5, 2018) – The Nashville Fire Department won a $500 grant to help further the department’s community risk reduction efforts.
Dryer Vent Wizard International and its Middle Tennessee Franchise Dryer Vent Wizard of Middle Tennessee presented the award to Nashville Fire Department Director Chief William Swann and to Fire Marshal Al Thomas at fire department headquarters on Friday.
The money will be used to inform the public about the dangers of dryer fires and other fire dangers around their homes.
Dryer fires account for around $238 Million in property damage nationwide every year according to the National Fire Protection Association.
“There are an estimated 15,000 dryer fires every year in the U.S. The common cause is a failure to clean. I am confident that with the Nashville Fire Department's effort to inform the public of this potential danger, we can work together to eliminate this risk from people's homes in the Nashville Metropolitan area,” President/Owner of Dryer Vent Wizard of Middle Tennessee Jeff Allen said. “I'm proud to know that NFD was awarded this grant money so we can help them get the word out about dryer fire safety."
In Nashville at least two dryer fires created massive damage to two homes.
On August 23rd, a home in the 4200 block of October Woods Drive caught fire. Investigators determined the fire started in a dryer, spread to clothes on top of the dryer and then to the rest of the home.
Then on November 13, a homeowner reported a fire started in his laundry room while he was drying clothes. His home in the 1000 Block of Brittany Park Drive sustained heavy damage.
The grant from Dryer Vent Wizard International will help NFD make sure people know how to avoid these types of fires.