Do you Keep a fire extinguisher near your appliances? If one of your appliances suddenly caught fire could you try to put it out, or would you be helpless? This article has been inspired after hearing all the news coming out of the Grenfell fire inquiry. They’ve been discussing all the contributing factors to the... continue reading.
Ideally yes you should turn off appliances at the socket when not in use. If the wall socket doesn’t have an on off switch it would need to be unplugged instead. Electricity still runs inside an appliance even if it’s switched off if it’s left plugged into a live wall socket. If electricity is present,... continue reading.
This is part 2 of a series of articles about the dangers of modern white goods appliances and how you can improve appliance safety in your home. Read part 1 first (How dangerous are our appliances?) for a full understanding of these very real dangers. This is not just a shallow list of do’s and... continue reading.
White goods appliances come with an inherent risk. We do not need to increase this risk. Bad design, poor quality, user misuse and complacency all increase this risk unnecessarily. If you haven’t experienced any incidents or know someone who has, it might seem unnecessary to read this article. The reality is that many of our... continue reading.
I’ve just read a news article about another tumble dryer that has caught fire causing serious damage. The article also mentions that 3 people have died and 300 injured in recent years by tumble dryer fires. However, what’s different and more shocking about this one is that it is reported that the dryer had been... continue reading.
I write a lot about appliance safety, but I’ve always been surprised and disappointed at how few of my articles warning about fire risks in appliances get shared. It’s not a pleasant thing to think about, but it’s empowering to pro-actively cut down risks and it’s good to potentially help others by sharing warnings. Spending... continue reading.