THERE’S more than meets the eye in your kitchen.
It houses some common appliances that can pose a serious risk to you and your family’s safety – from your dishwasher to your microwave, take caution when putting them to use.
Appliance pros have revealed some dangers that may be lurking in your kitchen devicesCredit: Getty
Experts at Appliances Made Simple have shared some less obvious ways that your kitchen gadgets could potentially harm you.
COOKER HOODS AND DUCTS
Though not usually focused on, cooker ducts and over-stove ventilation systems are known for getting covered in large amounts of dust and grease.
To function properly and get the job done, they’re placed close to heat and ignition sources, making them a fire risk.
To prevent this – when tidying your kitchen – be sure to clean your cooker hood routinely to rid it of the flammable residue and dust so you can cook safely.
You likely wouldn’t peg your fridge as being hazardous, but it turns out there are some things to look out for.
For instance, refrigerators are known to be some of the heaviest items in the home and can cause significant damage if one were to fall on you.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has estimated that approximately 22,500 people a year are treated in hospital emergency departments for furniture and appliance-related falls.
To ensure it doesn’t tip over, your refrigerator should be secured to the wall with a wall fixing. Placing heavy items on top of the refrigerator should not be done either.
Despite being water-based, dishwashers are on of the most common causes of kitchen fires.
This is because they use heating elements that have been known to overheat and malfunction.
To prevent accidents, allow the heating element of your dishwasher to cool down by leaving a few hours in between wash cycles.
For extra measure, stop moisture from coming into contact with the wires by cleaning and inspecting your dishwasher. Be sure to repair any broken components as well.
Like air fryers, microwaves make cooking completely convenient. But outside of obvious safety measures, like not putting metal in the microwave, you should take items out with some caution.
The FDA (US Food & Drug Administration) has claimed that most microwave-related injuries are burns that involve hot containers, hot food, and exploding liquids.
That said, allow your food to cool slightly before moving it, and make sure it’s not bubbling when you take it out of the microwave.
It’s also important to check the integrity of the device’s seal and if the door closes securely to prevent radiation leaks.
To ensure it doesn’t tip over, your refrigerator should be secured to the wall with a wall fixingCredit: Getty