Avoid these Common Freezer Mistakes

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Freezers are essential for preservation, storage, and ice creation. However, this seemingly fool proof appliance actually has a few tricks to it. A lot of people make small mistakes when using the freezer, and these small mistakes add up and affect your food. Read these tips on preventing common mistakes so you can avoid them in your own freezer! Continue reading

HOW TO KNOW WHEN TO REPAIR OR REPLACE YOUR RANGE

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When your oven starts acting strange, it can become a hassle to figure out the cause of the issue. Before coming to the conclusion of a new oven, there are a few factors to keep in mind.

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Troubleshoot your Gas Range

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Most people use their stoves and/or ovens at least once a day. Because they face so much use, it is important to maintain them properly. A lot of issues that arise with your gas range that seem bad can actually be fixed fairly easily on your own. Keep reading to see some common problems and their respective solutions! Continue reading

Troubleshoot Your Electric Range

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Ovens and cook-tops have become a necessary part of the home. They tend to last a long time, even when used daily, but they can be very expensive to replace when the time comes. So before you replace your electric range, check these common symptoms and solutions to see if you can get more time out of it! Continue reading

Thunderstorm Curiosities!

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When it thunderstorms, everyone seems to understand the basic rules. Don’t go under trees, retreat inside, etc. But has it ever started thunder storming, but you needed to shower or washing the dishes? Ever think if it was safe to do this? Read below for the answer.

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Fall Safety

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The season of fall has arrived. The fun of the cooler season will be here with the colorful fall activities such as apple picking, pumpkin picking and many more. There is something a lot of people forget around this time. Safety! There is never a wrong time to learn about safety during the changing seasons. Read below to see what you may have forgotten this fall.

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Stove knob covers prevent your kids (and your dog) from turning on your stove

Just recently, a fire was started in a New Jersey home when a dog turned on the stove, burning a laptop which was placed on top of the stove. This illustrates two points – one, don’t leave anything on top of your stove, even if it’s turned off and two, your dog can just as easily turn on your stove as your child.

In 2009, ranges and ovens were involved in an estimated 17,300 thermal burn injuries with children under the age of 5 making up 5,600, or 36%, of those injured according to The Electrical Safety Foundation International.

Pets can also be the cause of fires and nearly 1,000 home fires are started every year  by the homeowners’ pets, according to the National Fire Protection Association. To prevent fires, many safety organizations suggest installing stove knob guards or covers to keep your child and pet safe.StoveKnobCovers

These clear stove knob covers by Child Safe mount under the knob without adhesive. The clear hinged lid allows easy adult-access to the knob when needed. Snap the lid shut to prevent child access to stove knobs.

To install:

  • Remove the stove knob and position the cover over the post.
  • Replace the knob back on and close the base push-in tab together.
  • Close the cover and snap into base to secure.

The lid covers can easily be removed when they are no longer needed on your appliance.

Comes in a pack of four clear knob covers. Purchase online at www.pcappliancerepair.com.

The dog involved in the New Jersey fire, who was home alone, was rescued by firefighters and is doing fine. Depending on the make of the stove, the above stove knob covers possibly could have prevented this fire.

Other suggestions for child-proofing your kitchen

  • Keep the latch on your dishwasher locked at all times. For added security, add locking straps to your dishwasher.
  • Run the dishwasher only after the children have gone to bed.
  • Turn pot handles toward the wall and away from the edge of the stove where little hands might grab them.
  • Use the rear burners on your stove whenever possible.
  • Use the lock feature on your oven door even if the oven is not on. This prevents your child from using the door to climb on.
  • Never keep treats on top of appliances or near the stove. Such placement might tempt the child (or a dog) to climb on top of the appliance to reach them.