Complacency is often a contributing factor with injuries or an insurance loss in the home. With remote working for many still in effect, staycations continue to be in vogue, and school age children are now out for summer … great time to review your home for risk on often over looked items relating to appliance safety.
Cooking fires are still a leading cause of household fires. If at any time you use a cooking appliance make sure the area is clean and clutter free. Always ensure appliances are turned off and never leave your stove unattended while in use.
Microwave Safety Rules
Most injuries related to microwaves are the result of improper use or heat-related burns from hot containers, overheated foods, or exploding liquids. Safety tips:
- Never leave food unattended when cooking
- Check containers for microwave safety symbols (look on the bottom)
- Do not use metal or shiny objects in a microwave as they can spark and start fires
- Use oven mitts to remove hot food food
- Prevent steam burns by removing lids slowly and carefully
Stovetop and Oven Safety Rules
Without sounding like a broken record … can’t repeat this one enough … never leave your stove unattended while in use. Safety tips:
- Use the back burners on a stove whenever possible
- Turn pot handles towards the centre of the stove to avoid them being knocked while walking by or grabbed by a younger child
- Avoid loose sleeves or roll up your sleeves while cooking
- If a window is nearby, secure the window covering (especially if the window is open and the fabric could blow over the flame/heat)
- Keep burners free from debris and shut off your stovetop or oven as soon as you are done cooking
Toaster Safety Rules
A toaster is another essential item in most kitchens, but like most electrical gadgets they pose a risk if used incorrectly. Safety tips:
- Never stick anything (especially a metal something) into the toaster. This will help you avoid an electrical shock that could seriously harm you.
- Clean the crumb tray after each use to prevent a fire
- If you notice an odd smell or any sparking, unplug the toaster immediately and contact the manufacturer. Do not use it again until it has been repaired.
- Always store the toaster away from the sink or any liquids that could spill on it to avoid an electric shock
Sometimes, appliance fires and appliance related injuries are caused simply by something beyond your control.
Smoke alarms and heat detectors are essential in keeping you safe by raising the alarm in the event of a fire.
There should be a minimum of one alarm/detector per floor and cover all areas where a fire could start AND your sleeping areas.
In a larger rental home or single family house, put smoke alarms in the hallways that lead to each bedroom. On floors without bedrooms, install the smoke alarm in or near each living area such as dens, living and family rooms. Put a smoke alarm on the ceiling at the bottom of any staircase leading to upper floors.
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