We depend on our household appliances every day to cook our food, wash our clothes and help make life easier. Since most of our appliances deal with water and electricity, it’s important to make sure we’re using them safely and taking care of them to prevent dangerous accidents. Here are some of the top household appliance safety tips.
Check Power Cords
It may seem like common sense, but household fires can often start from worn, frayed electrical cords. Make sure your cords are in good shape and don’t show any signs of fraying or cracking. Also, make sure the cords aren’t laying in areas that tend to get wet or damp.
Have Proper Outlets
Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets should be installed anywhere where water and electricity are within 6 feet of each other. Make sure the appliances in your laundry room, bathrooms, kitchen and outdoor areas are equipped with the correct outlets to prevent water from interfering with your electricity.
Unplug Damaged or Broken Appliances
If you’re having an issue with an appliance and are waiting for a repair, be sure to unplug the machine right away. If the problem is electrical, it could be dangerous to leave it on or plugged in.
Have Regular Maintenance Done
If you suspect there is an issue with a larger appliance like a refrigerator, washer, dryer or oven, make sure you call a reputable repair company right away. Ignoring issues or using machines that aren’t working properly can lead to more significant and even dangerous issues over time.
Keep Them Clean
Regularly cleaning your appliances can cut down on minor issues that can lead to costly repairs. Keep the areas around the appliances clean as well and always wipe up liquid spills or messes right away.
Using these easy safety tips will keep your appliances working safely for years to come. If you have any questions or need a repair, call Express Appliance today.