If someone were to ask you to describe the most dangerous, lethal or threatening item on the market today, your first response is probably not going to be the dishwasher. Nonetheless, this handy household appliance ranks as one of the most dangerous home appliances according the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Other disastrous devices are listed below, followed by the best course of action if you or a household member is injured by a home appliance. Watch out- common items can be the most deadly!
#10 – Extension Cords
Overloaded or outdated extension cords are a leading cause of fire and injury in the United States. Only load an extension cord within its capacity, which you can find on its label. Always replace cords that appear to be worn or burnt through and never run extension cords under carpets.
#9 – Tap Water Faucets
Burns and scalds from tap water faucets are a leading cause of injury to the skin. The CPSC recommends setting your water heater no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The electric company can help you set the thermostat correctly in an electric heater whereas water temperatures under a gas-powered heater should be tested with a thermometer before use.
#8 – Paint Products
Many people are comfortable leaving paint products, including primer or paint strippers, unsecured in the garage or utility closet. However, paint strippers contain toxic, potentially fatal toxins that may be absorbed through the skin rapidly. Especially in homes with young children, these products should be secured or discarded after use. Also, only use paint products while wearing adequate skin protection.
#7 – Space Heaters
Space heaters are one of the most common causes for household fires and should only be used with supervision. Heaters should always be placed at least three feet from a bed, furniture or curtains. Also, always turn off the space heater when sleeping.
#6 – Humidifiers
A humidifier can be helpful when dealing with a cold or congestion. Few people realize that a humidifier can also wreak havoc on your respiratory system if not kept clean as bacteria and fungi tend to grow in the tank and disperse into the room. To avoid this, clean the tank regularly and change the water daily.
#5 – Clothes Dryers
Clothes dryers present the dual threat of potential fires and child entrapment. Always make certain to keep the lint trap free of excess contaminants to avoid the start of a fire. Make sure to supervise toddlers around the dryer and discourage the use of the dryer as a toy or climbing apparatus.
#4 – Freezers
Stand-alone freezers, often found in the garage or basement, are helpful when storing excess meat or groceries. However, recent reports have found the children are becoming trapped inside freezers and suffering extreme damage due to the sub-zero temperatures. Newer models are under a federal mandate to have an opening device inside, however older models may still present a hazard.
#3 – Window Cords
The reports of children and pets being severely injured or killed by window cords are staggering, prompting many homes to switch to cordless blinds. If your home has window cords, make sure all are out of reach of young children and are stored higher than your pet’s head and neck.
#2 – Dishwashers
The dishwasher may alleviate the tedious chore of hand-scrubbing pots and pans, but it can also cause injury due to a number of hazards. First, dishwashers can harbor bacteria and fungi, with some consumers reporting the presence of black mold forming. Second, children can easily access dangerous items like knives when left unattended around an open dishwasher. Lastly, dishwashers are tied to a number of home fires and should never be left running when no one is home.
#1 – Stoves
The stove and oven are among the most dangerous household appliances. However, when used properly and with caution, the risk of fires, burns or electrocution is significantly diminished. Homes with young children should affix the proper safety devices on ovens and never engage the self-cleaning option unless you are home to monitor the process.
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