Dishwasher fires are not the most common appliance-related fires. However, dishwasher fires can still occur due to electrical problems, faulty components, or if the machine was not used and maintained properly. The main cause of dishwasher fires is moisture contacting the wires, so make sure internal components don’t leak, and perform regular checks at least once a year. Here are more tips for preventing dishwasher fires:
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions manual that includes safety notices and usage tips.
- Check the manufacturer’s website for updates on safety information about your dishwasher.
- Register your dishwasher on the manufacturer’s website so that you receive notifications if the product is recalled.
- Don’t use the dishwasher when going to bed or before leaving the house. Make sure the dishwasher is always supervised when operating.
- Check and repair broken components regularly. Be sure to check the plastic components that release the detergent on the interior of the door, as they are the most likely to cause water to leak over the machine’s internal wires, resulting in a fire.
- Have a professional inspect the dishwasher if you suspect that the machine is malfunctioning.
- Plug your dishwasher into a grounded wall socket. Avoid using extension cords as a permanent solution to power the dishwasher. Make sure the outlet can handle the electric load required by your dishwasher.
- Inspect the power cord regularly. Repair or replace frayed power cords. Avoid running electric cords under carpeting, where they can be easily damaged.
- Clean and maintain your dishwasher to prolong its life and protect its components. In case your dishwasher is leaking, take a look at these tips to fix dishwasher leaks.
- Install a working smoke alarm in the room where you keep the dishwasher. If you keep it in the kitchen, install a smoke alarm designed for kitchens which is not triggered by normal cooking.
- Keep a fire extinguisher on every level of your home and one in the kitchen. Learn how to safely use fire extinguishers here.
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