Pay Attention to Appliances While You are Using Them

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sprinkler control boxMany people like to operate their washers, driers, and dishwashers right before they go to bed. They take advantage of cheaper electrical rates and wake up to a chore already done. I use my appliances when I'm awake and at home and am watchful for noises and/or longer running times. It doesn't happen often, but sometimes an appliance malfunctions and results in a fire or flood. Just this week, an inlet valve on my underground sprinkler malfunctioned. If I hadn't been home, the sprinkler would have just kept running, and I would have had a ruined lawn and possibly a flood in my basement. I've had this sprinkler for many years with no issues, but there's a first time for everything.


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July 28, 20161 found this helpful

You're absoutely right. We also are in the habit of making sure nothing is plugged in charging ( phones, tablets, rechargeable batteries, etc.) if nobody is going to be home for a while. Have had an old charger heat up to the point of potentially being dangerous. Thankfully, we were home. But I could never live with myself if I came home to a house on fire and my dog trapped inside. Your tip is really, really important.

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July 29, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you. I know people who have had washing machine hoses break and another person who almost had a fire because of a wiring issue in her dishwasher. I read about the phone chargers heating up and


causing a fire. I'm all for saving money but in this case l will pass.

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December 5, 20180 found this helpful

A friend of mine works for the electric company and told me by unplugging everything but the refrigerator & stove, you save money & fire injury.
I always unplug my wires.

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