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.
Fire risks in appliances
This is a category list of all my articles related to fire risks in appliances. Some warnings are specific to one appliance, but some are relevant to anyone with an appliance. Sadly, appliance fires are relatively common but many risks can be avoided or mitigated by following advice. Make the effort to scroll through the article list - some advice could save a serious incident.
Hotpoint have reacted to reports that the Grenfell fire was caused by one of their fridge freezers. It is still too early to know exactly what caused the fridge freezer to catch fire. Reports are that there was an explosion. Unfortunately modern refrigerators do contain explosive gas. This is due to new regulations banning the... continue reading.
Here is a new appliance safety warning. Please share this warning. Some models of Bosch and Neff built-in gas hobs have been found to be vulnerable to a gas leak – and therefore a potential explosion. The manufacture says, “due to potential damage to installed gas connectors, in certain circumstances gas can escape in an... 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.