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Warnings on taking care of your major appliances

August 16, 2012 12:15:24 PM PDT
When appliances are defective, are old or aren't used properly, it can put an entire home at risk.

The first step towards safe appliances, Consumer Reports says is keeping tabs on product recalls, by registering new appliances.

Look for changes in your appliance. Even small annoyances like a light that's gone out can be signs of a bigger problem.

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.
  • and keep dryer vents clear.

    And 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.

    For more, go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/

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