Household appliance safety should be a top priority for any homeowner. There are many precautions people need to take in order to safely store household appliances and tools. Whether it’s your lawn mower or bathroom appliances, appliance safety is very important. The following are helpful tips on proper safety measures for your home.
Lawn Mower Safety
Lawn mowers are most often used in the summer months (depending on location). Winterizing your lawn mower is a great idea when you plan to store it for the colder seasons. Preparing your lawn mower for storage will also prolong its life and performance. Make sure to cover the mower with a tarp or place within a tool shed or garage. When storing the mower before fall, make sure to have a full tank of gas along with a gas stabilizer. This will help to keep the gas from gumming up as well as help with preventing your gaskets from drying out.
Make sure to tighten all bolts and clean off blades from clippings. This could be an opportunity to sharpen the blades and change the oil. By preforming these lawn mower safety tips, you can rest assure your mower will work properly next spring.
Snow Blower Safety
Snow blowers can be kept in a storage unit or garage. Before storing your snow blower, read your owners manual Off-Season storage tips since every machine may differ. This manual will let you know the parts to check before storage and what should be replaced. Next, check the shave plate and skid shoes for wear. These items are installed to protect the housing. Once they wear down you might have a bigger problem next winter.
You should then empty the snow blower’s fuel tank with an Arnold Siphen pump. This will help you remove it properly and safely. Once empty, you then can fill and maintenance like the lawn mower. You should check gear shafts and belts. Depending on the age of your snow blower, you might have to replace some of the belts.
Changing the oil and cleaning spark plugs will keep the machine running efficiently. Keep the snow blower in a dry ventilated area while keeping the engine level preventing fuel and oil leaks.
Bathroom Appliance Safety
Bathroom appliances are susceptible to safety hazards since they are constantly surrounded by water. The first thing to remember is to unplug all appliances. This will avoid risks of shock as well as save on energy costs. Even when not in use, plugged in appliances still use electrical current. Check to make sure all appliances are working properly. If there are signs of damage or smells of smoke you may need repair or a new appliance. Storing your bathroom appliances is important. When unplugged, make sure to keep in a dry area such as a cabinet. If placed below a bathroom sink, make sure all pipes are condensation free and without leaks. For more appliance safety tips, print out a copy of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Safety Handbook.
Appliance safety is important for any homeowner. By knowing the precautions to take this will help in the longevity of your appliances and tools as well as keep your home safe.
If you experience a home disaster such as an appliance fire, make sure to call a local restoration company near you.