Modern KitchenYou use your kitchen appliances every day. Most of the time, you do not think twice about them. However, these are powerful machines that have motors and electrical cords. That means they also can pose a fire hazard to you. If you have not taken the time to check out your kitchen appliances, now is the time to do so. With a few steps, you can reduce the risk of a fire and even help ensure these appliances work better and longer.

Clean Appliances Frequently


Every kitchen appliance needs to be properly cleaned. However, many people do not do this the right way because they have not read their owner's manual. If you have not looked at the specific preventative maintenance these systems need, now is the time to do so. You will find that proper maintenance generally requires a step-by-step process of cleaning each component in the right manner. In addition to planned maintenance, be sure to wipe down your appliances after each use.

Have Appliances Inspected Annually


The next step is to have each of your kitchen appliances inspected each year. Having a licensed professional come out to your home to inspect and repair any of your kitchen appliances can help ensure they are safe to use and working efficiently. For example, having a professional look at your stove can help ensure gas lines are secure. And if your oven needs new wiring to reduce risks of fires, a licensed professional can help get that repair arranged.

Unplug What's Not In Use


Whenever possible, unplug the appliances that you are not using, including countertop appliances. By doing this, you reduce their ability to catch on fire. You also prevent them from using energy while idle, which can help you save on your electric or gas bill.

In many cases, it is important to replace your appliances when they are not in good condition or when they pose a fire risk. While your home insurance policy is in place to cover the costs in many of these instances, it is still valuable to work closely to keep these systems in good operating condition when you can.

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