Local Dryer Vent Maintenance and Repair Franchisee assisted in creating world’s largest ball of lint, then set on fire to raise awareness for fire safety
Dryer Vent Wizard of Cotati, a dryer vent maintenance and repair franchise, helped set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the largest ball of lint last month. In an effort to raise awareness regarding the dangers of dryer fires, Dryer Vent Wizard collected dryer lint from more than 9,000 communities across the country. The company’s corporate team and franchisees gathered in Farmington Hills, Mich. to compile the 690 lbs. of lint, which was weighed on a construction crane, then set ablaze with the local fire department.
Dryer Vent Wizard started the lint collection in April 2019 and encouraged the company’s 95 franchisees to save lint they cleaned from clients’ homes as part of the record-setting attempt. The ball of lint was officially measured to be 19 feet 6 inches in circumference, and 4 feet 4 inches in height.
“Being able to participate in creating the world’s largest lint ball was an incredibly rewarding experience,” said Rhonda Nole, owner of Dryer Vent Wizard Cotati. “The second we found out about this, we started collecting lint to send to help participate. Fellow franchisees from around the country sent in over 1,300 pounds of lint they collected from cleaning customers’ dryer vents. Dryer vent safety is a serious home maintenance issue that needs to be addressed. This was a great way for us to help raise awareness for this important cause.”
Dryer Vent Wizard partnered with Farmington Hills, Mich. Fire Department to extinguish doubt as to whether lint is a fire hazard. They hosed down the blazing lint ball to highlight how the lack of proper maintenance not only shortens the life of the appliance but can have severe consequences to the safety of the homeowners.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are an average of 15,970 dryer fires in the U.S. annually. “Failure to clean” was cited as the leading factor contributing to clothes dryer fires in residential buildings. Hiring a professional to clean dryer vents should be an annual task for homeowners as well as businesses.