Summer is the season for having parties, grilling and barbecuing, and splashing in the pool. As you use appliances in and around the home, practicing safety and awareness is key to keeping your home and loved ones safe, so we’ve gathered several summer appliance safety tips. And as always, if you ever need help with your HVAC system, we at The Appliance Doctor offer HVAC service, repair, and maintenance, contact us at 970.623.0152 and we’ll get your home cool this summer! For all other appliance needs, contact us at 970.773.1000 or schedule an appointment online, we are here to help you.
Keep Your Household Safe With These Tips
Properly Power Appliances
When using electrical alliances to heat food, be especially cautious when looking for a power source. Plug appliances directly into a wall socket whenever possible, instead of using an extension cord or power strip, which can increase the risk of electrical fire.
Also, never place a power cord under a rug or carpet, as the line can overheat and possibly spark a fire. For large appliances, such as an electric oven or stove, avoid using extension cords. Know that indoor extension chords are not meant to be used outdoors. And always keep any cords away from heat and from wet surfaces.
Regular maintenance of home appliances not only ensures that appliances work properly but ensures your safety as well. Electrical fires can start as a result of a poorly maintained appliance, such as an AC unit having dirty filters or aging components that need to be replaced.
If you can’t remember the last time your HVAC system was inspected, it’s worth calling us at 970-773-1000 so we can perform an inspection or any repairs. We are also proud to provide dryer vent cleaning, to clean and remove highly flammable lint from your dryer’s vents.
Unplug Appliances When Not In Use
Even when an appliance is switched off, it still draws power when plugged in. Reduce fire risk and save some money on your utility bills by unplugging appliances when not in use.
Appliances can overheat during the summer, and can even combust or explode. If you’re using kitchen appliances outside, keep them out of direct sunlight. Avoid using any appliances with frayed or worn cords.
We all know water and electricity don’t mix, but all it takes is a moment’s hesitation (setting a plugged hair dryer on a wet counter) for tragedy to occur. Keep appliances a safe distance away from sinks and faucets, or any source of water. Minimize fire risk by keeping flammable materials, such as paper, towels, clothes, boxes, etc. away from household appliances.