Southeastern Indiana REMC understands how easy it can be to underestimate home appliance dangers. Bad habits only increase the potential dangers in your home. Forming good habits now will benefit you and your family when you’re faced with electrical dangers in the future.
Keeping your home and family safe is a crucial part of providing a clean, healthy living environment. The appliances we rely on every day are easy to overlook when conducting a home safety inspection, but they need to have a permanent spot on your safety checklist.
Customers use refrigerators daily, never considering how they could be dangerous. But there are ways to avoid common risks. While being mindful of the cord, move the fridge to clean any dust or lint. Keep the coils of your refrigerator clean to avoid possible compressor failure and minimize fire potential. Make cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the fridge part of your routine every time you stock up on groceries.
Both electric and gas dryers come with safety hazards. Collected dust and lint are fire hazards if allowed to remain inside vents and hoses; so, always clean out the lint screen before using the dryer. Electric dryer users should use a grounded outlet to minimize fire risks.
Nearly every water heater risk results from poor venting or excessive pressure buildup. Poorly connected vents can lead to carbon monoxide and natural gas leaks. Customers should test the relief valve at least once per year to avoid excessive temperature and pressure. All you must do is pull up the handle on the valve.
Always clean your microwave after use. Don’t let food waste or splattered grease and oils build up. Because microwaves can deliver a shock even if they are unplugged, always contact a qualified professional for assistance if there are any problems with this appliance.
Electric consumers should begin creating their own checklist of all their major home appliances and begin creating better electrical safety habits for their family.