Toasters have been a kitchen staple for decades. Just about every kitchen
has a toaster – they’re right up there with coffee pots and
microwaves. But compared to other small kitchen appliances, toasters pose
a larger risk of electrocution. And, if you have children at home, you
definitely want to continue reading.
When it comes to toaster safety, there are two main issues: 1) people who
try to “fix” their toasters, and 2) people who try to stick
a knife down the toaster to dislodge a slice of toast, an English muffin,
or a bagel. The next time you (or a member of your household) try to do
any of the above, UNPLUG it first.
The two above scenarios are where folks tend to get electrocuted. According to
Consumer Reports, “Big and small appliances, and power tools account for the most
non-work-related electrocutions. And, perhaps because they are more likely
to be fixing things or using power tools, men are victims of electrocution
seven times more often than women.”
Safety First with Toasters
To stay safe when trying to fix a toaster or fish out a piece of bread
or other breakfast item, follow these safety tips:
- Always buy a brand-new toaster. Avoid buying used toasters from garage
sales and thrift stores.
- When you do buy a new toaster, be sure to get it from a reputable store
or dealer (for online orders).
- Follow the manufacturer’s directions for use, storage, and cleaning.
- Register all new toasters with the manufacturer in case there is a safety-related recall.
- Never stick a knife in the toaster when it’s plugged in, or you’re
risking a serious electrical shock.
- If you have children in the home, teach them to NEVER put anything down
the toaster like a knife or spoon.
Clean out the crumb tray frequently. This will help you prevent an
- Regularly check the plug and socket for buzzing or crackling sounds, burn
marks, or if it’s too hot to the touch.
- When the toaster is unplugged, wipe the outside but never spray or clean
the inside of the toaster with water or cleaner.
- If your fuses keep blowing or if the circuit breakers keep tripping, contact
a licensed electrician.
- Sometimes, an electrical fire happens for reasons you can’t control.
In case this happens, have fire extinguishers and plenty of smoke alarms
throughout the house to notify you immediately if there’s an electrical fire.
- If there is a fire, use the fire extinguisher and if that doesn’t
work, call 911 and get out of the house fast.
- If the toaster or the cord are damaged or cracked in any way, stop using
it and buy a new one.
- If you notice a strange smell, unplug the toaster and contact the manufacturer
If you’re looking for an
Atlanta electrical contractor, we invite you to contact Lightning Bug Electric today!
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