Appliance Safety 101

The appliances in your house often make your life much less stressful, but when you operate appliances the wrong way, they could pose noticeable health risks. You should maintain appliances and make sure they won’t turn into hazards by following these home appliance safety suggestions from Warwick Appliance Repair.

The professional tips below can help to prevent fires and injuries due to kitchen appliances. Even still, hazards could still happen. If an appliance breaks or malfunctions and becomes dangerous, hire a professional appliance repair service in Warwick.

Install GFCI Outlets in Wet Locations in a Home

Laundry rooms, kitchens, entry ways, bathrooms, basements, outdoor areas and garages are all susceptible to wetness or dripping water. As you are well aware, electricity and water don’t go together, that means electrical cords and wires should be plugged into ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).

This special type of outlet prevents electrocution by tripping the circuit when any interruptions in power arise.

If you do not currently have GFCI outlets installed in wet locations around your house, now is the time to install them or call an electrician in Warwick. Once that is done, for even more safety, follow the warnings of certain appliance manuals that note that a home appliance is not designed for outdoor areas.

Wires, Outlets & Electronics Far Away From Damp Areas

Some appliances are specially designed for the outdoors, like charcoal and gas grills, for example. If you use electrical appliances outdoors – including dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers and ice makers, electric tools and more – monitor that all plugs and outlets are dry. Weatherproof electronics help, as do GFCI outlets with water-tight gaskets.

Extension Cords are a Temporary Solution

  • An extension cord poses a lot of potential risks, this includes:
  • The potential for a loose connection that could result in sparks and start a fire.
  • The likelihood of power inconsistencies that might break the appliance.
    Increased susceptibility to water penetration that may lead to electrocution.
  • The potential for cords overheating and turning into a fire hazard when an low-quality extension cord is combined with a high-power appliance.

When determining an extension cord for short-term use, be sure it’s the correct gauge for the electrical equipment in question. The smaller the gauge, the greater the size for the cord. For instance, a simple extension cord for a radio will have a 16-gauge wire where a longer cord for a AC unit needs a 12-gauge wire.

Length is also a factor. The longer the extension cord is, the more power is lost on the way, this is known as voltage drop. Short extension cords are advised for power tools and similar equipment.

Always Be Sure to Read the Operating Manual for Any Type of Appliance You Buy

It is easy to guess that you know how to use a brand new dishwasher or washing machine without consulting the manual, but consulting the instructions is necessary for a lot of reasons:

You will want to find out if your home’s electrical wiring is enough to support the appliance. You might need to install a new circuit to stop overloading your current ones.

You learn more about features you wouldn’t have otherwise have known about.
You discover whether the appliance is OK for outdoor use or not.

You do not have the stress that can sometimes come from trying to run a new home appliance without instructions!

Unplug Small Appliances When Not Being Used

You can limit unnecessary energy usage by unplugging them when you are not operating them. The reason is small appliances sometimes include LED signals, clocks and other energy-consuming features standby times.

Unplug monitors, TVs, printers, modems, routers, game consoles, phone chargers and more to reduce wasteful energy use. But remember, it is alright to keep DVRs and similar electronics plugged in to prevent missing out on their automatic background features.

For additional tips on ways to use appliances safely, or to call a professional appliance repair company, please contact Warwick Appliance Repair. We can fix all name brand home appliances!

Warwick Appliance Repair
87 Brunswick Dr #4 Warwick, RI 02886

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