Appliances powered by electricity are used for heating our homes, heating our water, cooking our food, drying our clothes, and providing a comfortable ambiance. Follow these appliance safety guidelines to help ensure the safety of you, your home, and your appliances.
- Make sure appliances in damp locations are plugged into a Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). Locations include bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, garages, and outdoor areas.
- Make sure appliances have been approved by recognized testing centers to ensure national safety standards have been met.
- Follow all manufacturer’s instructions on the appliance labels and in operating manuals.
- Never use an improperly operating appliance.
- Never use an appliance for anything other than its intended purpose.
- Keep all plugs, cords, outlets, and electronics away from water.
- Use extension cords for temporary use only and make sure the cord is the appropriate gauge for the appliance being used.
- Unplug small appliances when not in use.
- If an appliance has fallen into the water, never reach to get the appliance unless it is unplugged or the circuit is turned off.
- Inspect plugs, cords, and connectors for cracks, splits, breaks or bare wires.
- Keep cords as short as possible to avoid knocking the appliance over or creating a trip hazard.
- Clean or replace furnace filters every month during heating and cooling seasons.
- Have the heating and cooling appliances inspected annually by a certified professional.
- Monitor the temperature setting to maintain safe usage and help prevent scalding.
- Have the water heater inspected annually by a certified professional.
- Regularly clean underneath drop-in ranges and ovens to avoid dust and debris accumulation and grease build-up.
- Keep refrigerator coils and vents free from dust and great build-up.
- Always clean the microwave after each use, wiping away any splattered grease or oil.
- Keep baked-on foods from accumulating in your oven or range by cleaning regularly following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Make sure a 220v grounded outlet is used.
- Make sure ductwork and exhaust hoses attached are free from restrictions such as lint build-up, kinks or folds.
- Remove any lint or dust from lint traps and vacuum lint trap area for loose lint.
- Keep the exhaust vent opening and adjacent surrounding areas free from lint accumulations.
- Periodically check the exhaust duct to make sure there are no restrictions.
- Never store or use flammable products around, in the same room or near any heat-producing appliances or equipment.