Robert DeNiro new poster child for NYC dryer safety

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By Teri Karush Rogers  |
June 12, 2012 - 3:32PM

It seems Robert De Niro's recent apartment fire is making some New York City apartment dwellers jittery.

According to the New York Post, the blaze was caused by a lint build-up in a dryer belonging to De Niro. It sent 12-foot flames out the windows and affected many apartments in the actor's building at 88 Central Park West.

It also apparently sounded alarms for dryer-owning New Yorkers.

BrickUnderground indoor air quality expert Maria Vizzi tells us her company has been fielding 10-15 calls a day from NYC apartment dwellers requesting inspections of their machines since news of the De Niro conflagaration broke.

"My phones are ringing off the hook," says Vizzi, whose company, Indoor Environmental Solutions, charges around $89 for an inspection and another $100 or so for cleaning. 

If you have an outside-venting dryer, the further away your machine is from the exhaust point, the more concerned you should be, says Vizzi. But even non-outside venting dryers need to be looked at every once in awhile because "the lint has to go somewhere," she says. 

She recommends annual inspections and cleanings every year or every other year, depending on how much use the dryer gets.

Interesting factoid: Many newer machines are equipped to shut down in the event of a fire, so if you're in the market for a dryer, you may want to add the "igniter" shutoff to your shopping list, as we have no doubt De Niro will do too.


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Founder and publisher Teri Karush Rogers launched Brick Underground in 2009. As a freelance journalist, she had previously covered New York City real estate for The New York Times. Teri has been featured as an expert on New York City residential real estate by The New York Times, New York Daily News, amNew York, NBC Nightly News, The Real Deal, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and NY1 News, among others. Teri earned a BA in journalism and a law degree from New York University.

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