Did you receive or purchase any new appliances over the Holidays? It’s surprising, but clothes washers and dryers, toasters, and refrigerators are among the list of appliances that most often catch on fire. Whether they are new or old, here are some tips to remember to avoid appliance fires:
- Don’t overload washer or dryer with clothes.
- Make sure to clean out lint traps.
- Don’t leave appliances on overnight or when you leave home.
- Make sure all appliances are connected to a good working outlet and the outlet is not overloaded.
- Double check all appliances are off when you’re finished using them.
It’s important to be aware of any odd things happening with your appliances, just like with your own health. This means, listen for any noises you don’t typically hear coming from the machine, check light bulbs to make sure they’re not getting too hot, and double check your cords are in tact and in a good spot as well. Keeping this routine will help prevent fires due to human error.
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