Safe appliance use

  • Unplug small kitchen and household appliances when they aren't in use. This is because a voltage surge could turn them on or cause a short circuit.
  • Make sure the Underwriter's Laboratories (UL) seal of approval applies to the entire appliance, not just the plug or cord.
  • Read and follow the manufacturer's instruction manual.
  • Do not use extension cords with high-wattage appliances, like air conditioners, portable electric heaters and irons.
  • If an appliance cord becomes frayed or damaged, stop using it. Do not use appliances with patched cords.
  • Major appliances, such as refrigerators and air conditioners, should be plugged into separate circuits.
  • Never touch an electric appliance while standing on a wet floor or if your hands are wet.
  • Don't operate electrical appliances in or near water.
  • Immediately turn off and disconnect an appliance that sparks or stalls.
  • Always disconnect appliances before cleaning, servicing or repairing them.
  • Avoid accidental starts by making sure the switch is off before plugging in the cord.

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