Safety isn’t expensive, it’s priceless

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By Vanessa Hurst

Being in the family business of selling appliances was not what Ron Hickman wanted to do for the rest of his life. “ After making a delivery, lugging a side by side up to the second story by myself, I decided this wasn’t for me.” Hickman went to school for radiology and became a Xray and MRI technician. Hickman’s wife, Karen, also went to school for radiology. “I put her through school, she put me through school” he said.

“When I got the idea for a dryer cleaning business, I was cleaning my own dryer and found not only lint but sawdust, nails and screws. All it would take is for one of the nails to create a spark and everything is there for it to ignite; with the fan blowing there would be a fire in no time. And there wouldn’t be any way you could put it out because it’s all inside the dryer, where water couldn’t reach it. Even then, if you could get water to it there’s the electrical coil. It’s just really dangerous.” Hickman thought about other people who don’t know about this, and the amount of dryer fires that occur. “I said to Karen, we need to do something; no one else is offering this service.”

They started by offering dryer and vent cleaning and were planning on just working weekends. But saw a need for dryer vents to be updated and brought up to today’s code.

“For years there weren’t any codes for dryer vent installation. We’ve seen all kinds of dangerous ways dryers have been ventilated and some not at all,” said Ron, “but we weren’t HVAC certified so we couldn’t install them ourselves legally. So I went back to school to get HVAC certification.”

With installation of new vent systems added to their services, business grew fast and they decided to make it a full time venture. They started locally but expanded their advertising to local television stations which has taken them as far as Salem, Indiana.

“Dryer fires are a common but preventable hazard,” said Ron, “If a dryer and vents aren’t maintained, it’s not if, it’s when.”

“We want to help keep people safe and help them save a little money in the process.” Karen said.

Lint Eliminator will also be appearing on Listens Live on WAVE 3 November 3 at 12:30pm. Lint Eliminator will be on talking to John Ramsey about how dryer fires start and what type of dryer vent you need to have in order to keep you and your loved ones safe from a dryer fire.

Lint Eliminator can be reached at 270-765-9773 or (888) 395-5468. You can also find more information on their website www.linteliminator.com or find them on Facebook @ Lint Eliminator.