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The three most dangerous appliances

RepairClinic.com, an online supplier of replacement parts for appliances and outdoor power equipment, has identified the top three most dangerous home appliances, along with tips on how to avoid injuries.

1. The clothes dryer: Instant fire starter. Every year, dryers cause thousands of major house fires in the U.S. Lint is the primary culprit. Dryer venting can become clogged with lint, causing a dangerous buildup of heat and an instant fire that spreads fast.

Prevention tips: A venting system should be cleaned out from inside of the dryer to the outside vent cap at least once per year.  Professionals can be hired for this or homeowners can purchase a long brush and do it on their own. Also, vinyl venting should be replaced immediately with an aluminum equivalent. White vinyl no longer meets national fire code standards in the U.S.

2. The lawn mower: Injury machine. The true dangers associated with lawn mowers are still not widely recognized. Push, self-propelled and riding lawn mowers all bear great risks, so proper care and precautions are critical to family safety. Debris such as pet and children’s toys, stones, plastic edging, wood chips, and pieces of aged blades can be catapulted at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

Prevention tips: The cutting blade located under the deck should be checked regularly for damage, bends, and dullness. Blades should be replaced annually to every two years, depending on its usage. Replacement blades are inexpensive and easy to install. Children and pets should always stay inside when the lawn mower is in operation.

3. The microwave oven: Repairing & electrocution risk holder. Trying to repair your own microwave oven may be a fatal mistake. Despite its small size compared to other home appliances, the microwave oven stores thousands of volts of electricity in its capacitor, even after the microwave oven has been unplugged. That’s more than 30 wall outlets combined.

Prevention tips: Replacing electronic parts in a microwave oven should be left to a repair professional. However, the cost to purchase a new microwave is often comparable to the cost of replacement parts, so a new unit is most often the best solution. Non-electronic microwave parts like door latches, glass trays and their associated parts are inexpensive and easy to replace.

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