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Top 5 Home Appliances You Need To Be Careful With While Using

By Nabanita Maji Updated On Mar 12, 2016, 4:09 am

We are blessed to have born in an age that has all the comforts of life. Thanks to the great inventions that has made our lives simpler and easier, like never before. We should also acknowledge the contribution of the latest household appliances in our lives.

These brilliant appliances might have helped us escape the misery of domestic drudgery, but they have also led to several accidents. Appliances like gas stoves, toasters, space heaters etc. have contributed to an ever-increasing number of fatalities in the last few decades.

These hazards could be easily controlled with vigilance and a little precaution. Below are the top 5 home appliances you need to be careful with while using:

Gas stoves

 

Your kitchen is incomplete without a gas stove. It suits anyone looking for efficient and fast cooking, but safety remains a concern sometimes. Improper operation of gas stove could lead to explosions, burns or carbon monoxide poisoning. Moreover, the possibility of a gas leak could introduce harmful fumes into your home, creating both fire and breathing hazard. In the last few decades, we have heard a lot of accident cases, caused by stoves. You need to be very careful while using this appliance. Below are some safety tips:

 

  • Make sure you turn off the burners after use.
  • Don't leave flammable materials near the stove.
  • Never leave your stovetop unattended while you're cooking.

Toasters

A toaster might be one of the most underrated appliances in your kitchen, but you can't afford to ignore its potential hazards. Toasters are equipped with exposed live electric elements that causes serious home accidents. Reports claim, nearly 3,000 fire accidents were caused by the appliance between 2007-2011. According to Selectsmart.com, there have been numerous reports of toaster ovens exploding. Hence, you need to be careful while using this appliance.

 

  • Make sure to unplug toasters when not in use.
  • Make sure to clean up your toaster each time, after use.
  • Don’t toast anything that doesn’t easily fit into the slot.

Microwave Ovens

Microwave oven has become an integral part of our lives today, as it suits all our cooking needs. Not known to many, microwaves are capable of causing serious accidents if improperly used. Reports claim, microwaves have caused almost 1,500 injuries and 10 deaths in 2012. In fact, water heated in oven can reach an extreme temperature, higher than the boiling point without bubbling. Reportedly, some people have been injured by jets of boiling coffee erupting from microwaved mugs. Be careful while using this appliance.

 

  • Unplug your microwave oven, when not in use.
  • Don’t store food or other items in the microwave.
  • Keep the oven clean always.

Dishwashers


Dishwashers can turn risky, if not handled or used properly. Dishwashers may sometimes turn dangerous, especially to kids- "scalding water, sharp utensils and moving parts that tiny hands may try to grab". Hence, you need to use it with caution. Check out some safety tips below.

 

  • Keep your kids away from a running dishwasher.
  • Don’t run a dishwasher when asleep or when no one is at home.
  • If the rinse-aid dispenser needs constant refilling, call for a repair.

Space heaters

Who doesn't love to enjoy chilling winter eves inside a cozy, warm room? Well! Every one of us does. But, this is possible only when you have a space heater at home. Space heaters are indeed a blessing during winters, but they're never a safe option. Reportedly, these heaters are one of the most common causes for household fires. Some other concerns associated to this appliance, are natural gas leaks, carbon monoxide poisoning, burns and even electric shocks. Hence, it should be used under supervision. Check out some safety tips below:

  • Place the heater at least 3 feet away from furniture, window treatments, bedding, clothing, rugs, and other combustibles.
  • Select a heater model that has all the latest safety features and the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) label of approval.
  • Keep the appliance strictly away from water.