You know all about greasy rags, cluttered kitchens and loose wires, but fires can start from the least likely of sources, for instance:
It’s designed to keep things cold, but it can still be a major fire hazard. Fridges actually lead to around 1,500 fires a year. Issues include light bulbs that don’t turn off when the door is closed, and electrical components short-circuiting and overheating. Press the switch where the door shuts to test the bulb, and monitor your fridge for any issues.
Stovetops seem like the most likely cooking appliance to start a fire, but microwaves lead to 1,700 fires a year. Microwaves can malfunction and turn on by themselves, and glass doors can shatter. Look for unusual messages on your display panel, and unplug it if you’re having problems.
These things are usually full of water, so how do they catch on fire? For starters, the circuit boards inside of many appliances are basically kindling. Rinse-aids often leak into circuitry, causing malfunctions and around 1,000 fires a year. Regular maintenance and careful use of cleaning products should help keep your dishwasher safe.
Lint blockages are a major issue with dryers. If you replace your lint filter after every load, you should be fine, but a blocked filter can be a major problem.
Toasters, Toaster Ovens and Hot Plates
The problem with plug-in cooking appliances is we tend to think that, being electric, they’re somehow safer than the stovetop. Nothing could be further from the truth. Like microwaves, these appliances can turn themselves automatically. Your best bet is to keep them unplugged when not in use.
Hanneken Insurance Agency Inc. can connect you with a policy that will cover you in the event of a fire, but it’s better not to have a fire in the first place.