Locating Hidden Hazards in Common Household Appliances

Household AppliancesNo matter how safe and comfortable you think your house is, there may be hidden hazards that will one day cause major damages to your property and put your family at risk. Most household accidents and fires are due to faulty wiring and damaged appliances. To ensure the safety of your family, you should make a habit of finding inconspicuous hazards and dangers in your home and take quick action.

Ovens

Before turning your oven on for preheating, open it first and check for food crumbs, dishes, skillets or any foreign object.  Food or items stored in ovens can spell disaster. Most of the time, we’re too excited to prepare a great meal for the family that we try to do everything simultaneously. Don’t let that nice Christmas dinner turn into a New Year’s Eve party by making sure your oven does not explode.

Toasters

Toasters are small, light appliances that don’t need maintenance that much. But they should always remain in a safe place in your kitchen counter. After use, always unplug your toaster and keep it away from combustible objects, such as wooden cabinets and paper towels, as well as kitchen chemicals.

Stoves

Your stove is probably one of the most hazardous appliances in your kitchen. And since you use it the most, it is more prone to accidents. But occasional scald burns are not the only accidents you will meet when handling stoves. Gas stoves, for example, may have gas leaks and leaving the burner on can cause an explosion.

Before you call it a night, make sure you turn the knobs. It’s also time to go shopping for a new stove when the one you have is getting rusty. Electric stoves have a potential for tragedy too, since burners stay hot long after you turn them off. Always clean extra bits of food that have fallen under or near the burner because they can still catch fire if the burner is hot enough.

Your kitchen appliances, especially gas stoves, release carbon monoxide, which is the leading cause of accidental poisoning and household fires. Installing a carbon monoxide alarm in every level of your home will keep you safe. Appliance Guy advises homeowners to have their appliances checked regularly and to store kitchen gadgets and equipment in a place that children and pets will not be able to reach.

Other flammable appliances you should watch out for are space heaters, clothes iron, furnaces, lamps, and basically everything that has a tendency to burn – even that dirty pile of clothes. Also, always keep a fire extinguisher to prevent a small fire from growing. Never overload cord outlets; keep the number to two. And of course, draft an escape plan for when situations go out of control.