Leaving Appliances Running: Is it Safe?

The Surprising Truth About Appliances and Energy Consumption
It's a question that comes up often - is it okay to leave appliances running when no one is home? While it may seem like a convenient option, it can also be a risky one.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2019, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1.3 million fires, resulting in 3,704 civilian fire deaths and 16,600 injuries. One of the leading causes of home fires is faulty or malfunctioning appliances.
QFIX Appliance Repair provides expert advice on how to extend the life of your appliances and prevent breakdowns.
At QFIX Appliance Repair, we believe in keeping our customers safe and informed. Here are some tips on how to prevent appliance-related fires:

  • Unplug appliances when not in use: Appliances left plugged in, even when turned off, can still pose a fire hazard. Unplug your appliances when they are not in use, and never leave them running when you are not home.

  • Keep appliances clean and well-maintained: Dirty or neglected appliances can overheat and malfunction, leading to a fire. Keep appliances clean and well-maintained, and have them serviced regularly by a professional.

  • Use appliances as intended: Appliances are designed for specific purposes, and using them in unintended ways can lead to fires. For example, using a microwave to dry clothes or a hair dryer to thaw frozen pipes can be dangerous.

  • Install smoke detectors: Smoke detectors can detect a fire early on and give you enough time to evacuate your home. Install smoke detectors in every room of your home and test them regularly.

  • Have a fire safety plan: In case of a fire, it is important to have a fire safety plan in place. Make sure everyone in your household knows what to do in case of a fire and practice your fire safety plan regularly.

In conclusion, leaving appliances running when no one is home is not safe. Follow these tips to keep your property and your loved ones safe from appliance-related fires. If you suspect a problem with any of your appliances, contact QFIX Appliance Repair for a professional diagnosis and repair. Your safety is our top priority.

May 20 / 2018

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