According to a recent investigation from Consumer Reports, home appliances cause early 150,000 fires a year! While some were due to defective units or manufacturing issues, the vast majority were a direct result of human error. The good news, and the most important tidbit within this report, is that the majority of these fires are in fact preventable. There are a number of simple things you can do to ensure your safety when purchasing and installing your next home appliance.
- Read the instruction manual! How many times have you purchased a new appliance or toy, taken it out of the box and almost immediately discard the included manual? We’ve all been guilty of this at some point, so you’re certainly not alone. However, proper set up and installation of your new appliance is paramount to ensuring there are no safety issues. And if you’re ever unsure about installing something — hire a professional! It’s a small price to pay to ensure your long-term safety.
- Register with the manufacturer. Another thing that gets discarded almost immediately is the registration card that often comes with a new appliance. While typically overlooked, these cards do serve a purpose. Registering your new appliance allows the manufacturers like us to communicate with you — which is especially important if there are problems or issues that come up. Here’s another inside tip: we usually provide those that register with special coupons and other bonuses as well, just for registering.
- Turn off your appliances when no one is home. Major appliances, like dishwashers, washers, and dryers should only be run when someone is at home. Before leaving your home, make sure that all of your appliances are turned off to ensure no issues occur when no one is around.
While the above tips sound fairly simple, they can make quite a difference. After all, major appliances are supposed to make our lives better! By following these, and any other guidelines provided by the manufacturer, you can ensure that you’re getting all of the benefits from your home appliances without any of the hassle.