How to Safely Use Appliances

The appliances in your home often make your life easier, but if you operate household appliances the wrong way, they could pose noticeable risks. You should care for appliances and make sure they won’t turn into dangers by adhering to these home appliance safety tips from Ready Reno Appliance Repair.

The tips below will help to prevent fires and injuries related to appliances. Even still, hazards could still occur. If a home appliance has issues or starts to malfunction and becomes dangerous, reach out to a professional appliance repair service in Reno, NV.

Install GFCI Outlets in Wet Locations

Kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms, basements, outdoor areas and garages can be susceptible to moisture or dripping water. Of course, electricity and moisture do not mix, that means power cords and wires should be plugged into ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).

This prevents electrocution by tripping the circuit when any interruptions in power are detected.

If you do not already have GFCI outlets in damp locations inside and around your house, now is the time to install them or call an electrician in Reno. Then, for further safety, follow the warnings of manufacturer appliance manuals that indicate an appliance is not for outdoor use.

Wires, Electronics & Outlets Far Away From Damp Areas

Many home appliances are designed for outdoor use, such as charcoal and gas grills, for example. If you have electrical appliances outdoors – including refrigerators, dishwashers, ice makers, power tools and more – be sure that all plugs and outlets are 100% dry. Using weatherproof electronics will help, combined with GFCI outlets with gaskets that are water-tight.

Extension Cords are Only a Temporary Option

  • Extension cords pose many evident risks, including:
  • The potential for loose connections that could lead to sparks and a fire.
  • The likelihood of power fluctuations that can ruin the appliance.
    Increased vulnerability to water penetration that may lead to electrocution.
  • The chance of wires overheating and turning into a fire hazard when an low-quality extension cord is paired with a high-power appliance.

When deciding on an extension cord for limited-time use, be sure that it’s the appropriate gauge for the electrical equipment in question. The lower the gauge, the bigger the wire size. For instance, a basic household extension cord for a garden tool will have a 16-gauge cord while a heavy-duty cord for a window air conditioner needs a 12-gauge wire.

The length of the cord is also important. The longer the extension cord, the more power is gone en route, something called voltage drop. Shorter extension cords are recommended for power tools and equipment.

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

It’s simple to guess that you know how to operate your new appliance without consulting the manual, but consulting the manufacturer instructions is important for a lot of reasons:

You should find out if your home’s wiring is sufficient to support the new appliance. You may need to install a new circuit to stop overloading your current ones.

You learn about complicated features you might not otherwise have known about.
You learn if the new appliance is safe for outdoor use or not.

You avoid the frustration that can sometimes come from attempting to run a new home appliance with no instructions!

Unplug Small Appliances in Your Home When Not Being Used

You can stop unnecessary energy use by unplugging small appliances when not in use. The reason is small appliances sometimes include LED lights, timers and other features while in standby mode.

Unplug televisions, monitors, routers, game systems, phone chargers and more to stop unnecessary energy use. Just remember, it is a good idea to keep DVRs and similar items plugged in to not miss their background features.

For even more tips on using home appliances safely, or to hire a local appliance repair service, please contact Ready Reno Appliance Repair. Our repairmen can repair all name brand household appliances!

Ready Reno Appliance Repair
531 Casazza Dr #101 Reno, NV 89502