Consumer Watch: Helpful tips to avoid defective appliances


by Andy Treinen

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- When throwing clothes in the dryer or turning on the stove most of us do not think of that appliance as a potential fire hazard. But defective or broken items can put your family at risk.

When appliances are defective, old, or are not used properly can put an entire home at risk. According to consumer reports, the first step towards safe appliances is keeping tabs on product recalls by registering new appliances.

“That way if a defect is discovered by the manufacturer, and a recall is issued, you're guaranteed to hear about that recall promptly, and you can take all the necessary actions to protect yourself,” said Dan Diclerico of consumer reports.

Look for changes in your appliances, even small annoyances like a light that has gone out can be signs of a bigger problem.

“Any kind of unusual activity with an appliance is a sign that you need to take a closer look, perhaps even call in a repairman, and make sure there isn't a larger issue there,” said Diclerico.

Other ways to keep your home safe:

-- Inspect power cords regularly for frays and damage.
-- Check your home's wiring. Make sure older homes can handle the demands of modern appliances.
-- Clear range hoods. Grease buildup is another fire hazard.
-- Keep dryer vents clear.

Practice common sense kitchen safety. Unplug small kitchen appliances when you're leaving the house, and don't leave items on the stovetop or in the microwave unattended.

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